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Brady Harrison
Xavier University
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Brady Harrison’s vibrant and eclectic career blends performance and teaching.

He is Head of Percussion Studies at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where he is responsible for all aspects of the program, including applied percussion, ensembles, and methods. In addition to his percussion responsibilities at Xavier, he also teaches a host of other topical courses including a popular seminar in contemporary concert music called “The Art of Noise: Music in the 21st Century.” Harrison is also on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) Preparatory Department where he teaches a select group, The Studio4Percussion.

Harrison is Principal Timpanist of the Lexington Philharmonic and a Percussionist with the Louisville Orchestra.  Additionally, he has served as Principal Percussion for four seasons with the Lyrique en Mer festival in Belle Ile, France.  He occasionally performs as an extra percussionist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, in addition to the Richmond Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, and Kentucky Symphony.

As an active freelance musician, Harrison has performed around the world and collaborated and premiered works by a number of notable composers, including George Crumb, Ney Rosauro, and John Luther Adams.  Ongoing chamber projects include his percussion and flute duo, Psonic Union (formerly Milton Street Chamber Music Society), and Concert:Nova.  He has a passion for electroacoustic works and interdisciplinary performances that is driven by his special interest in merging musical tradition with electronic innovation and is an active artist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the Midwest.  Harrison is active with the Percussive Arts Society at the state and national level and has been a featured performer and presenter at numerous PASICs.

Harrison can be heard on the Telarc label with both the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and on the milestone recording of John Luther Adams’s Strange and Sacred Noise with The Percussion Group Cincinnati on Mode Records label.

Brady Harrison holds a Bachelors Degree in Performance with a Concentration in Composition from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and is currently working toward a DMA at the University of Kentucky.

Harrison is an artist/clinician for Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.  He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife Heather and their two young children, Bud and Cecilia.