JOE CERUTTI, JR.
Joe Cerutti has been the artistic director of the Alexandria Harmonizers since 2007. During his tenure he has prepared the Harmonizers for an average of 20 performances a year, including multiple performances at the White House, the Supreme Court, Carnegie Hall, and major cities across North America and abroad. He also founded their annual Youth Harmony Festival and initiated successful outreach programs to the communities within Northern Virginia.
He conducted the choral preparations for the world premiere of Andrew Lippa’s “I Am Anne Huchinson/I Am Harvey Milk” with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Kristin Chenoweth, and the world premiere of and Jeremy Schonfeld’s “Iron and Coal – Survivor and Son,” a contemporary masterwork with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, based on the memoirs of the composer's father surviving Auschwitz at age 10.
Cerutti has served as judge, faculty, and clinician for several choral festivals and conductor roundtables across North America, Europe/UK, Australia and New Zealand, including founding the No Borders Youth Chorus, an honor chorus of 150 young men, recruited and auditioned specifically for a one-day rehearsal and concert at Carnegie Hall. Over the course of four years with No Borders, Cerutti has conducted 457 participants representing 6 countries, 43 U.S. States and Canadian Provinces, 182 grade schools, colleges and universities, and 105 choral ensembles from around the world.
He currently works as full-time Director of Outreach for the Barbershop Harmony Society, overseeing a suite of programs called "Next Generation Barbershop" supporting life-long singing around the world, including an annual youth festival for up to 20 high school choral ensembles, featuring over 1,000 voices ages 18 and under.
Cerutti is a lifetime member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), a charter member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), and holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), currently serving on their National Standing Committee for Advocacy and Collaboration.
Anthony has been a member of the BHS since 1991. He has competed in quartets since the age of 12 with many of them being notable competitors in regional, national, and international competitions. Anthony is the lead singer of Da Capo (2016 BHS international finalists), the associate director of the Alexandria Harmonizers, a certified singing judge, and is an active coach and clinician for youth and adults in BHS events. Anthony is a professional singer in the Washington D.C. area. He has performed at the White House, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, on TNT, and under many notable choral batons. In 2005, Anthony sang on stage with Andrea Bocelli as the recipient of the NIAF Andrea Bocelli scholarship for music at Christopher Newport University where he received degrees in Vocal Performance and Choral Music Education. Anthony is a vocal music instructor in Montgomery County Public Schools at Sligo Middle School and a cantor and chorister at St. Stephen-Martyr Church in Washington D.C.