Ernest Harrison, Los-Angeles based conductor and soloist and newly appointed artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), will be at Black Hawk College for a two-day residency Jan. 22-23.

All events are open to the public. Admission is free.

Open rehearsal: BHC Chamber Singers
Wednesday, Jan. 22
11-11:50 a.m.
Building 4, Room 115

Lecture: Tracing the Musical Legacy of the African Diaspora
Wednesday, Jan. 22
7-8 p.m.
Building 1, Room 308 (theatre)
The music of the African Diaspora has given birth to the sound of popular music through the influences of jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, country, techno and pop. This session will focus on the development of the Negro spiritual, its influence on the creation of protest songs of the Civil Rights era, and the composers, songwriters and performers who have kept their legacy alive.

Open rehearsal: BHC Concert Choir
Thursday, Jan. 23
11 a.m. to 12:14 p.m.
Building 4, Room 115

Voice Masterclass
Thursday, Jan. 23
1-2 p.m.
Building 4, Room 115

Open rehearsal: BHC Community Chorale
Thursday, Jan. 23
6:30-8:20 p.m.
Building 4, Room 115

For more information, contact Dr. Irene Leites at 309-796-5478 or

About Ernest Harrison:

A graduate of the University of Missouri and Auburn University, Harrison is completing his doctoral studies in choral music at the University of Southern California. In addition to his work with GMCLA, he also directs the National Children’s Chorus Concerto Ensemble, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Cantare Chamber choir and the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church choir. An experienced choral soloist, Harrison has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, toured Europe and throughout the United States, and most recently performed with Grammy award-winning professional choir, Conspirare.

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