Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra wishes farewell to executive director Scott Harrison, who transitions to senior advisor while he focuses on his work as a founding board member of BLUME Haiti, a nonprofit that works with Haitian and international partners to develop leadership skills, awaken individual potential and create opportunities for civic collaboration and economic development through the shared pursuit of musical excellence.
The Orchestra will form an executive director search committee, co-chaired by Board Chair Leslie Lassiter and Vice Chair Ruth L. Eliel. The organization is exceedingly thankful for Scott’s stewardship over these last four years of transition for the organization and wishes him well in his new endeavors.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra executive director Scott Harrison is a founding director of the non-profit organization BLUME Haiti (Building Leaders Using Music Education) and the socially-conscious musician-initiated project is a leading example of how American orchestra musicians are responding to issues and events of our time.
“Using the vehicle of music, BLUME Haiti works to foster civic, social, educational and economic development in communities across Haiti,” says Harrison.
“Using the vehicle of music, BLUME Haiti works to foster civic, social, educational and economic development in communities across Haiti.”
— executive director Scott Harrison
Scott has been traveling to Haiti to work with young musicians since 2007.
In April 2012, he organized a woodwind festival in Port-au-Prince in coordination with L’Ecole Musique Sainte Trinite and in April 2017, he helped launch the first National Orchestra Institute in partnership with the Utah Symphony and led arts administration seminars for music program staff from across Haiti. He has also worked with young musicians and burgeoning music programs in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and elsewhere in Latin America, and for his efforts he was awarded a 2012 Young Artist Humanitarian Award from the Hildegard Behrens Foundation.