Follies

Follies

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MEET THE DIRECTOR
Follies 2018Matthew Harrison (B.M. James Madison University, M.M. New England Conservatory: studied with Steinway Artist, Eric Ruple, Canadian Baritone, Michael Meraw; and renown vocal coach/diction authority, John Moriarty). After building a successful high school choral program in Northern Virginia, Mr. Harrison returned to his home state of Connecticut to teach choral music at Hamden Hall Country Day School.  He is also the music director and organist at The Church of the Holy Spirit in West Haven, CT.  Mr. Harrison was awarded the Best First Year Teacher in Manassas City Schools Merritt Award, and went on to double the program size from 90 to 180 singers in just three years.  While at Osbourn High School, Mr. Harrison served on the Manassas Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors and facilitated collaboration between OHS Choirs and the MSO on John Rutter's, "Magnificat."  At Hamden Hall, the vocal program has expanded over 300% in three short years.  Mr. Harrison serves on the executive board of the Connecticut Music Educators as the Membership Chair.  He also chairs the Southern Regional Honor Choir and has been asked to co-chair the All-State Choir.

Mr. Harrison spent time as an actor prior to his teaching engagements.  He made his off-Broadway debut in 2007 at City Center in Manhattan with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance) and Hilarion (Princess Ida).  He toured with the companies Pirates to Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA) and Ida to the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ).  He toured to Atlantic City, NJ and performed at the Tropicana Main Stage and the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT with Americas Got Talent winner (2013), Kenichi Ebina.  Currently, Mr. Harrison is Anne Tofflemire's (Yale University) assistant at The Neighborhood Music School (New Haven, CT) teaching and performing cabaret music.