MC, Emcee, Master of Ceremonies, Host
Brian Atkinson got his start working as a Radio personality, and has grown into a variety of roles over the years: speaker, master of ceremonies (MC or emcee), comedian, host, voice artist, and actor. Brian has appeared as a host, awards presenter, and MC for organizations and events, including the American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids Honor Awards, Artworks, Barbershop Harmony Society Pioneer District conventions and contests, Festival of the Arts, Great Lakes Chorus performances, and the Internet Ministry Conference where he brings a brightness and ready wit to the stage and microphone. Brian may be available to host or mc your event, and he promises a great time for all in attendance. He looks pretty good in a tux.
What People Say About Brian Atkinson MC
Brian Atkinson commands a room with his charming personality and impressive voice. I’ve watched him expertly emcee several events over the past two years. He is able to present a clear message to an audience in a professional manner while also injecting humor in a way the audience will not forget. If you are seeking a witty and professional master of ceremonies he’s your man.
– Will Oltman – Will Juggle
I am writing on behalf of Brian Atkinson whom I have had the pleasure to work with for the past 2 years in connection with the AIA GR Awards Gala. Brian is someone who takes pride in delivering the best presentation he can. He is professional in his delivery, exudes confidence and knows and understands the demographics of the audience he is working with. Brian is an excellent communicator and is always well prepared. I have recommended Brian for another event and am confident in doing so because of his ability to make any show a success by how he masters his presentation and delivery.
– Elizabeth Bovard, Executive Vice President, Builders Exchange of Michigan
Brian has been the Emcee for a number of Pioneer District Contest sessions – it involves announcing competitors; filling the time between competitors with stories, announcements, and often, humor. Brian’s style and his excellent voice keep the attention of the audience, and his humor, sometimes a bit offbeat, is very entertaining.
The audience at a contest ranges from 400-600 people, men, women and children, which means all material must be G-rated. Brian understands that and has never stepped over the line.
Also, Brian has been the Emcee for various Barbershop Chapter gatherings – perhaps up to 150 guests. He adapts to a very informal style, and ad libs when necessary. He often uses one of his many voices, which entertains the audience.
Please feel free to contact me if you’d like further information.
– Roger Lewis, Events Director, Pioneer District, 2002-2003 Barbershop Harmony Society President
Brian Atkinson began emceeing for the Internationally ranked Great Lakes Chorus in 2016. His unique brand of family friendly comedy keeps the show moving and audiences upbeat and entertained. The true key to Brian’s success as a front man his attention to detail and organizational preparation – and of course – his vibrant personality and fabulous voice! I would highly recommend Brian for your next event as a stand-up artist or emcee.
– Jim Carey, Director, Great Lakes Chorus
I just wanted to take a few minutes and write a note about Brian. I am a Board member at Artworks which is a local art gallery, gift shop and location for providing many artistic art opportunities for the Big Rapids community and beyond . As well as painting, pottery, classes, exhibitions we also showcase the arts through theater and music.
I have co-produced our bi-annual Evening of Harmony musical productions for the past few years and had the pleasure of working with Brian on many of these events.
When Brian started MC’ing these events the tenor of the program changed. His inviting voice, physical presence, humorous banter all brought together a cohesive program. He plans ahead well as to the content of the show and carefully prepares appropriate information regarding the performers which he then delivers in a fun, easy and comedic manner. If there are delays in the show he knows how to fill the space and has the audience laughing at his jokes and stories. I can honestly say that his leadership in the performances adds to the professionalism of the event. It is an added bonus that his easy-going style, excellent speaking voice adds entertainment to the show!
I would highly recommend his abilities as an MC and I look forward to more years of collaboration which have surely enhanced our fundraising efforts at Artworks.
– Netty Cove, Board Member, Artworks
Brian and I have worked together for two years on the Honor Awards Gala for the American Institute of Architects Grand Rapids Chapter. As a former president of the chapter, it was an honor working with Brian through the planning of the event as he offered feedback and advice relative to schedule, timing, and flow of the evening. I was extremely impressed by his knowledge and professionalism in serving as our MC. He developed the script for the evening based on content available and our PowerPoint presentation so that flow and timeliness was maintained without the event feeling rushed. His commentary and voice are soothing and provide rich sound while his speaking is clear and concise. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to work with Brian as our MC as we seek to maintain the momentum of professionalism that his efforts have brought to our event. I would, and have, recommended Brian to others for their MC and voice-over needs.
-Thom Danckaert, Lead Design Architect, Progressive AE
Brian Atkinson has been a member of the Great Lakes Chorus for a relatively short time, but has become a very valuable part of the group very quickly. In addition to being a solid member of the bass section, we have also learned to take advantage of his skills as an MC for our events. He does a great job of providing our audiences with information about the chorus, and his song introductions are always entertaining. His confidence and quick wit allow him to react quickly to whatever happens in a live show, and his powerful voice commands attention.
He has become so important to our chorus that he was named the 2017 Great Lakes Chorus Barbershopper of the Year, an honor rarely bestowed on someone with so few years of barbershop experience.
Doug Weaver – President, Great Lakes Chorus