Location: Kansas, USA
Gretchen Harrison has been teaching Middle School or Junior High Choral music since 1987. She is currently responsible for the vibrant choral program at Frontier Trail Middle School in the Olathe, KS, which serves students in grades 6-8. In addition to her work in the public schools, she also is an Assistant Director in the Allegro Community Children’s Choir program based in Overland Park, KS. Harrison considers her commitment to students of primary importance followed closely by her commitment to serving colleagues and developing leaders in the choral music profession. Harrison has served as ML Choral Chairperson for Kansas Music Educators, KCDA Chairperson for Repertoire and Standards for JH/MS and is currently the National Chairperson for American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standards for JH/MS level. In addition, she co-facilitates the Middle Level Choral Staff for her school district. She has been recognized multiple times by Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has twice received the Outstanding Middle Level Music Educator Award presented by her KMEA district. Her choirs consistently earn top ratings at festivals and have appeared at KMEA. Harrison earned her BME from Wichita State University and her Masters in Music Education from University of Missouri—Kansas City. Gretchen is an active clinician, presenter and adjudicator. Gretchen, a child of excellent choral and keyboard musicians, and her high school band director husband are the parents of two very musical university students.