John Harrison

John Harrison Music

John Harrison is Concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He is also a full-time Engineering Educator at Wichita State University's (WSU) College of Engineering. Previous positions include Electrical and Computer Engineer at PWI Inc, Director of WSU's Center for Research in Arts, Technology, Education, and Learning (CRATEL) and Tenured Associate Professor of Violin at Wichita State University's School of Music. John is an active performing violinist as well as a practicing Electrical and Computer Engineer. In addition, he creates and collaborates on the design and implementation of interactive new media art installations. A founder of Wichita's new media artist collective Hack.Art.Lab, John has created and installed new media art in such places as Wichita, Kansas City, Richmond VA, Weimar Germany and Sao Paulo Brazil. John also helped found MakeICT, Wichita's first Makerspace. John continues his activities as a violinist. He has recorded for Koch International Classics and New World Records and has been broadcast internationally on Public Radio International. As First Violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet, his touring and performance schedule included internationally televised and recorded concerts. He has also performed as First Violin of the Amernet String Quartet, first-prize winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. As a violin soloist, John has performed with orchestras in major cities internationally. His former leadership positions include Concertmaster of The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and The Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He was also a regular substitute member of The Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Boston Pops Orchestra. John's pursued his undergraduate degrees at Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music (BM: Violin Performance), as well as Case Western Reserve University and University of Rochester (BS: Computer Science). He holds a Master's Degree in Media Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he pursued his graduate research at the MIT Media Lab. 

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