About Michael Harrison

Michael Harrison lived in Nashville from 2006 to 2009 and has recently returned. He holds degrees in music theory from the University at Albany and choral conducting from the University of Iowa and has done doctoral work in historical performance practice and choral music at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, respectively. He founded the Palestrina Choir of Washington, D.C. and directed it for twenty years. His choral compositions have been performed by a variety of church and community choirs, including three in Nashville.

Music Review: The stars align for organist Christopher Houlihan’s concert in Nashville

The success of organ recitals, as much or more than other types of concerts, depend on a fortuitous coming together of performer, instrument and acoustic setting. On Friday evening, those elements aligned perfectly in a virtuoso performance by Christopher Houlihan, playing the Lively-Fulcher organ at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Nashville. Houlihan, at age 26, […]

Music Review: Atlantic Ensemble brings Beethoven and Bolcom to Blair’s Turner Hall

The Atlantic Ensemble, formed in 2003 in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the tip of Cape Cod, is now based in landlocked Nashville. Its four members – Wei Tsun Chang, violin; Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola; Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello; Jennifer McGuire, piano – are all currently faculty members at the Blair School of Music. Wednesday evening they […]

Music Review: Faust and Melnikov find the genius in Beethoven’s details

The small audience at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall that braved Tuesday evening’s cold temperature was rewarded with a program combining great music with consummate musicianship. German violinist Isabelle Faust and Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov, both successful concert soloists in their own right, also concertize and record regularly as a duo. They have […]

Music Review: From Bach to electronic music, Blair flutist Philip Dikeman does it all

Flutist Philip Dikeman and several of his faculty colleagues from the Blair School of Music presented a varied program of chamber music Friday evening at Turner Recital Hall. Dikeman, a member of the Detroit Symphony for nearly 20 years before coming to Blair, has the technique to make even the most difficult passages sound effortless […]

Four hands, one singular sensation at Blair

Thursday evening at the Blair School of Music’s Turner Recital Hall, and an appreciative audience was treated to a type of chamber music that no longer receives the attention that the quality and quantity of its repertoire merits. Two long-time members of the piano faculty, Amy Dorfman and Mark Wait (also the dean of the […]