T. J. Harper earned the Bachelor of Arts from CSU, Fresno, a Master of Arts from CSU, Northridge and the Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Southern California. After 10 years teaching in New England, he is excited to return to Southern California and join the LMU community.
Choirs under Harper’s direction have performed at annual conferences for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and international performances by invitation include Austria, Czech Republic, Spain and Italy. Harper has received invitations as conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the United States and internationally with engagements in China, Hong Kong, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, and Venezuela.
Harper is a board member of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and he is the Chair of the ACDA International Activities Committee. Harper’s research interests have led to funded research projects in Germany, France, and Austria. He has published numerous articles in the ACDA Choral Journal, the IFCM International Choral Bulletin and he is also a contributing author to Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations.
University of Southern California: Doctor of Musical Arts, Choral Music 2008
California State University, Northridge: Master of Music, Choral Conducting 2003
California State University, Fresno: Bachelor of Arts, Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance 1997
Areas of Expertise (5)
Vocal Performance Pedagogy
Choral Music Pedagogy
Choral Music Performance
Choral Music Literature
- American Choral Directors Association
- International Federation for Choral Music
- National Association for Music Education
- National Collegiate Choral Organization
Research Grants (1)
The Death of the Traditional Choral Warm-Up: Up to Date Techniques for Modern Choral Ensembles
Providence College Committee on Aid to Faculty Research & Office of Academic Affairs
January 18. 2016
The ACDA International Conductors Exchange Program: Building International Bridges in Choral Music to Make the World a Better PlaceInternational Federation for Choral Music
To inspire excellence in choral music by expanding our reach to create positive social change, foster community, and create opportunities for the next generation of choral leaders.
Verdad y Patrimonio: The Choral Music of Mexican Composer Jorge CozatlThe International Choral Bulletin
The International Choral Bulletin (ICB) is the official Magazine of the International Federation of Choral Music
Beneficence Refined: An Exploration of Sacred Choral Settings by Women Composers from Northern EuropeInternational Choral Bulletin
Moving forward, it is the responsibility of choral musicians to advocate for and seek out exceptional choral compositions by both women and men.