Michael Harrison is the new director of the Golden Crescent Chorus, Lorain Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The decision to appoint Harrison came after an informal meeting with board members on May 2 at the Wood and Vine restaurant in Avon.
Harrison will direct the 35 member, all male chorus and quartets that are widely known throughout the Lorain County area for performing and singing their barbershop style of music. Michael is a 26 year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a 3-time Johnny Appleseed District Quartet Champion lead with Desperado in 1999, Odds On in 2004, and Cadillac Jack in 2008. He received a Gold Medal award singing with the Southern Gateway Chorus in 1992 and was the Events VP for the JAD from 2010 to 2013.
What are Michael’s goals and expectations for a chorus that has a sterling reputation for performing and entertaining at the Palace Theatre and other venues in the in the Lorain County community for more than 50 years? “I’ve sung on the international stage 11 times, placing as high as 21st out of 53 qualifiers in the quartet competition in 1997. I want to raise the level of the chorus in singing and performing, learn new and old music, and have fun.”
Michael studied music at Northern Kentucky University for 3 years before having to drop out to raise a family. He has three children, Emil 21, Kirk 15, and Adam 11. All of them have an interest in music and want to become barbershop singers. When not engaged in barbershop activities he is the NEO District Sales Manager for Gold Star Energy.