Ledgerwood’s High School Choir Director Maintains Lifelong Influence

Dr. Ledgerwood recently had the opportunity to sing under the direction of his former high school choir director, V. Lee Harrity, joining other alumni to present a cantata of the life of Christ at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Music Hall. The 50-member alumni choir convened for an entire week, rehearsing for two hours each night Monday through Thursday, and presenting the cantata with orchestra and actors on Friday.

Harrity, a committed Christian, directed the choir at Gateway High School in Monroeville, PA, for many years. While in the Gateway choir, Ledgerwood was involved in staging the musical Brigadoon, where he met his future wife Kim, as well as traveling to England for two weeks to compete in a choir festival. He was also the accompanist for the Men’s Chorus and the Select Choir.

Harrity received his education in String Performance and Choral Conducting at prestigious universities, and he has continued to hone his craft. Ledgerwood comments, “Musically, his voice is strong, his ear refined, his conducting technique clear, and his knowledge of pedagogy clearly evident.”

Perhaps even more evident than his musical abilities, however, is Harrity’s testimony as a Christian. Even as an unsaved student, Ledgerwood recognized his choir director’s character and unique relationship with the Lord.

Ledgerwood reflects that Harrity “had a tremendous influence on me in many ways. This week, I have taken notes of his rehearsal techniques and comments, but what makes him inspiring is his relationship with the Lord. My desire is to faithfully carry on and finish strong, as he has.”

Written by Makayla Stevenson