Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Appoints Ernest H. Harrison as Music Director and Conductor

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is delighted to announce that Ernest H. Harrison, a conductor, singer, and educator, has been appointed Music Director & Conductor.  Harrison was selected after a months-long search.  He begins his position in December and will lead GMCLA in THE CALIFORNIA SOUND on April 4 and 5, 2020 at the Alex Theatre and make his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on Saturday, July 18, 2020 when he conducts GMCLA’s Gala Concert QUEEN/OF THE NIGHT.

Harrison, who is about to receive his Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California, has already gained a place among Southern California’s elite group of choral conductors and educators. He is Associate Conductor of the National Children’s Chorus Concerto Ensemble, Conductor for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Cantare Chamber Choir, and Assistant Conductor at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church.  Ernest also currently teaches private voice for the choral department at USC and has taught undergraduate choral conducting there as well.

“I am delighted that Ernest Harrison is joining GMCLA as Music Director & Conductor,” said Lou Spisto, GMCLA Executive Director. “He’s an inspiring musician, conductor, and educator with a passion for reaching people through music who will help lead this great chorus of over 250 men and help us engage even more with this remarkable community.”   Harrison commented “I am so excited to join this beloved organization and inspiring group of men who have given so much to so many for more than 40 years. From my earliest musical experiences, I have always believed that what we do as musicians saves lives, and the work that GMCLA does — on and off the stage — exemplifies that belief.”

Spisto concluded “Ernest’s appointment is the capstone to a remarkable 40th anniversary year for GMCLA. In the past few months we performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and marched and sang in the Los Angeles and World Pride Celebrations. In August, we ended the fiscal year with a $385,000 surplus and we have reduced the debt by over 50 percent.  We are deeply grateful to our singing members, donors, subscribers, and all the institutions that have supported us this past year. As we begin Season 41 with Ernest aboard, we are ready to begin the next exciting chapter for GMCLA.”

GMCLA’s next concert is the HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Saturday, December 21 at 2PM and 8PM and Sunday, December 22 at 2PMat the Alex Theatre in Glendale.  Tickets are available at AlexTheatre.org. Conductor Jenny Wong leads GMCLA in choral classics and timeless holiday music, a medley of hits from the beloved film, Love Actually and Broadway bonanzas. This concert has become a Los Angeles holiday tradition for the entire family.

Spisto concluded “Ernest’s appointment is the capstone to a remarkable 40th anniversary year for GMCLA. In the past few months we performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and marched and sang in the Los Angeles and World Pride Celebrations. In August, we ended the fiscal year with a $385,000 surplus and we have reduced the debt by over 50 percent.  We are deeply grateful to our singing members, donors, subscribers, and all the institutions that have supported us this past year. As we begin Season 41 with Ernest aboard we are ready to begin the next exciting chapter for GMCLA.”