Larry Gordon has been leading choirs since he founded a madrigal group while still in high school in Portland, Oregon in 1962. Since 1971 he has lived in central Vermont where he has been active as a conductor, teacher, publisher, promoter and community organizer.
In 1973 he founded Word of Mouth Chorus, which for ten years specialized in shape-note singing and medieval and renaissance music. With Neely Bruce at Wesleyan and singers from Norumbega Harmony in Boston, Larry and Word of Mouth helped found the annual New England Sacred Harp Convention in 1976, the first convention of its kind outside of the South, and he served many times as chairman. He is the editor and publisher of The Northern Harmony, now in its fifth edition.
Larry is the founder (in 1978) and conductor of Onion River Chorus, a non-auditioned community chorus based in Montpelier, Vermont.
In 1989 Larry started Village Harmony which has since grown into an extensive organization dedicated to studying, teaching and performing traditional polyphony and ethnic singing styles from throughout the world (see www.villageharmony.org). Each year Village Harmony sponsors a dozen or more 2-3 week singing camps, for both teenagers and adults, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Perhaps his most important work has been as Director of Northern Harmony, a semi-professional chamber group of selected singers from the wider Village Harmony community and organized anew for each extended 6-8 week performing tour. Since 1993 this group has done 16 European tours, and earned a wide reputation for its unusual command of different traditional singing styles.