The Harmonizers are led by Master Music Director Joseph "Joe" Cerutti, Jr. Joe is also the music director of the Pride of Baltimore (SAI), one of the top women's barbershop choruses in the world. Joe holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Five Towns College and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied under Ann Howard Jones, Jamison Marvin, and Joseph Flummerfelt. While in Boston, Joe taught high school music at South Boston's Monument High School, while conducting the concert chorus and women's chorale at Boston University.
A passionate barbershopper and all-around musician, Joe is a life member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), sings 'lead' in his quartet "Down a Fourth", is a charter member of NCCO, and also holds memberships in ACDA, MENC, and ChorusAmerica. Joe is a certified music judge in the BHS and the youngest of 9 men named "Master Director" in the history of the BHS. Joe was also the lead singer for New York's Most Dangerous Big Band, a 30-piece swing band that has performed for the likes of Bette Midler, Kelsey Grammer and many others. Joe has also had the privilege to be an auditioned participant of the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute, founded by the late Robert Shaw.
Joe serves as immediate past chairman of the BHS's Chorus Director Development Committee and has served as faculty and coach for several district colleges and conductor roundtables, as well as the BHS's Harmony University. He has served as a Vice Chairman to the Student Activities Committee, and as a District VP for Youth in Harmony. Joe was recently elected, as the youngest person in the history of the BHS, to their International Board of Directors for 2012-2014. He has been a clinician for many youth and adult choral festivals around the world.