Location: Rhode Island, USA
T. J. Harper is the Director of Choral Activities and supervises the Secondary Music Education curriculum at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He conducts the college’s three choral ensembles: I Cantori, Concert Chorale and the Oriana Women's Choir. He teaches courses in Conducting, Secondary Choral Methods, Applied Conducting, and Applied Voice. 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 has had the privilege of studying with Dr. William Dehning, Dr. Nick Strimple, Dr. Magen Solomon, Paul A. Smith, and Dr. Gary L. Unruh.
Choirs under the direction of Dr. Harper have performed at the Eastern Division Conferences of ACDA and NAfME. Dr. Harper has been honored to work with choirs and present conducting master classes in Naples, Italy and Seoul, South Korea.
Dr. Harper is the President of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and the Director of the ACDA International Conductor Exchange Program (ICEP). He is the President-Elect of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association, and he is also the Rhode Island State Representative and founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. He is active as a choral clinician, festival adjudicator, Music Education consultant and honor choir director. Dr. Harper 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.
Dr. Harper is a passionate conductor and teacher with extensive experience working with choirs of all ages and levels of ability. His past appointments include The University of La Verne, Biola University, University of Southern California, and Burbank First United Methodist Church. At the USC Thornton School of Music he taught courses in undergraduate and graduate Choral Conducting and conducted the USC Thornton Apollo Choir. As a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, MENC, ACDA, Chorus America, NCCO and the International Federation of Choral Music, Dr. Harper is an advocate for the promotion of undergraduate education and choral music in the public schools and institutions of higher education. Dr. Harper's interests have led to extensive research of the Nazi influence on German choral music and the music of Hugo Distler. His dissertation entitled, Hugo Distler and the Renewal Movement in Nazi Germany focuses on the juxtaposition of Distler's personal beliefs and his political/ professional obligations to the Nazi Party. Dr. Harper is also a contributing author to the recently published Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations. (Routledge)