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Nicholas Gorne, the director of the Harrison Prep Choral Program, including five choirs and an
advanced ensemble, fell in love with music at age eight when
he began taking piano lessons and singing in choir at school. Throughout
elementary school, junior high school, and high school, Gorne was involved in
choir, jazz choir, musical theatre, and solo vocal performance.
Mr. Gorne entered Pacific Lutheran University in 1998 where, over four years,
he developed his solo vocal performance, skills performing in opera and
musical theatre, sang in the Choir of the West, touring throughout the
northwest and Europe, singing in a madrigal group on campus, and graduated in
2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
Teaching in California from 2002-2004 gave Mr. Gorne the opportunity to use
his love for music and drama to teach two choirs, four piano classes, and
musical theatre productions. Upon arriving back home in 2004, Mr. Gorne
experienced working everywhere from coffee and retail to banking to airline
work. In 2007, he decided to pursue a Masters Degree and teaching certificate
from University of Puget Sound.
Upon completion of the program, Mr. Gorne resurrected a choral program that had lay dormant
for over a decade at Lochburn Middle School in the Clover Park School District where the choirs
received Excellent and Superior marks at festival and contest. During the ’09-’10 school year, Mr.
Gorne directed four choirs at Salk Middle School in the Spokane School District, where the choirs and
solo vocal students earned Excellent and Superior marks at festival and contest as well.
Think, study, feel, perform. Know the music, study the text, feel what the composer meant to convey,
and perform authentically.