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T. J. Harper is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. During his previous tenure at Providence College he was honored to receive the Joseph R. Accinno Teacher of the Year Award.
Choirs under the direction of Dr. Harper have performed at the 2017 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Eastern Division Conference in Atlantic City, NJ, the 2014 NAfME National Conference in Nashville, TN, the 2013 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) New England Collegiate Choral Conference in Keene, NH, the 2012 ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI, the 2011 NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, MD, and the 2010 Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) Spring In-Service Conference. International performances by invitation include Austria (2015), Czech Republic (2015), Spain (2013), and Italy (2011).
Dr. Harper maintains an active schedule in the US and abroad as a guest conductor, clinician, and jury member. Recent engagements include headlining the China National Choral Conference and conducting the Beijing Harmonia Choir; Master classes for El Sistema and conducting the Venezuela National Choir. Additional engagements include residencies, guest conducting, lectures and master classes in Argentina, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Venezuela and honor choirs in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. He has been engaged as a lecturer, presenter, and guest speaker at the 2015 Yale University International Choral Music Symposium; the 2015 European Choir Games in Magdeburg, Germany; Harvard University, Hofstra University, and the New England ACDA Collegiate Choral Conference.
Dr. Harper is the National Chair for the ACDA Standing Committee on International Activities and the Director of the ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP). He is the Past-President of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA), the Past-President of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and the Rhode Island State Representative and founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO).
Dr. Harper’s interests have led to research of the Nazi influence on German choral music and the music of Hugo Distler. His dissertation is entitled, Hugo Distler and the Renewal Movement in Nazi Germany. His research has also led to projects funded by the Providence College Committee on Aid to Faculty Research (CAFR) exploring voice-science in the choral rehearsal; the music of Johannes Brahms at the Brahms Institute in Lübeck, Germany and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria; the music of Maurice Duruflé at St. Peter’s Abbey in Solesmes, France; and the folk music traditions of the Korean Peninsula at Dankook University in Seoul, South Korea. His publications have appeared in the ACDA Choral Journal, the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), the NAfME Online Choral Forum, the RIMEA Music Education Journal-RIMER, and he is also a contributing author to the recently published Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations. (Routledge)
Dr. Harper received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California where he graduated with honors. He received the Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from California State University, Northridge and the Bachelor of Arts degree and Choral Conducting from California State University, Fresno. He taught middle school and high school in the California public school system for six years and was honored for excellence in teaching in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. As a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, MENC, ACDA, Chorus America, NCCO and the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM), Dr. Harper is an advocate for the promotion of undergraduate education and choral music in the public schools and institutions of higher education.