Alonzo Harris

Assistant Professor
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As assistant professor of ensembles at Berklee College of Music, Alonzo Harris values the importance of a music education and seeks to share this value with students in an eclectic manner. He is also making his mark within the music industry as a prolific musical director, arranger, and musician. Recent work includes being musical director and arranger for the 61st annual Grammy Awards and for Aretha, the Grammy tribute to Aretha Franklin, working with Rickey Minor and five-time Grammy nominee H.E.R.

Harris shares his insider industry knowledge with students to help them understand the conceptual connection between theory and practice, between written word and spoken word. His credits include collaborations with RCA Records, Atlantic Records, Voltron Recordz, Interscope, and Def Jam, among many others, and with multiple artists including Betty Wright, Teyana Taylor, 21 Savage, Dej Loaf, and Elle Varner.

Career Highlights
  • Musical director, arranger, keyboardist, and programmer for H.E.R
  • Musical director, arranger, and performer at the 61st annual Grammy Awards and for Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul, as well as for BET's Black Girls Rock and the BET Awards 2018
  • Keyboardist, arranger, and programmer for Teyana Taylor and Dej Loaf
  • Keyboardist for 21 Savage
  • Coproducer, arranger, and pianist for A Classic Holiday...Presented by MBK Entertainment
  • Assistant engineer of Fill This House (Shirley Caesar)
  • Musical director, composer, arranger, and pianist of Mighty Real, an off-Broadway musical
  • Musical director, arranger, and pianist of An Evening with Phyllis Hyman 
  • Musical director, composer, arranger, keyboardist, and producer, including additional programming, for Rebellious Soul (K. Michelle)
  • M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • B.M., LaGrange College
In Their Own Words

"I want my students to leave my classes inspired to maximize their talents and the opportunities at their fingertips, and to always seek to elevate to be better. The only way to greatness is with this in mind. "

"All the world’s a stage, and all of life’s a lesson. Everything I experience, good or bad, in my career is a lesson learned and worth sharing with my students. I do not want them to be carbon copies of me. Be better! Do better! "

"The real measure of my success comes at the point when I feel like my students are actually doing something that I'm teaching."