Tenor, Joe Dan Harper has distinguished himself as a wonderfully versatile singer of concert, recital & chamber music repertoire. A native of Texas, Joe Dan received his Bachelor's Degree from Southern Methodist University where he was a recipient of the Thomas Hayward Memorial Award. He received his master's degree with distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As fellow at the Tanglewood Festival during the summers of 1997 & 1999, Joe Dan performed under renowned conductors Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano & Tan Dun; & in 2000, he was invited to participate in Tanglewood's first annual Bach Institute, directed by Craig Smith. In 2002, Joe Dan was a Fellow of the Steanes Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.
Joe Dan made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic recently, singing Haydn's Creation. Upcoming performances include Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven 9th Symphony. He has performed with such renowned groups as Boston Academy of Music, Central City Opera, Handel & Haydn Society, Opera Aperta, Opera Unlimited, Plano International Arts Festival, South Carolina Opera, Utah Festival Opera & Utah Opera. His recordings include the soon to be released Arsis Audio CD of Daniel Pinkham's opera The Garden Party in the role of "Adam." & Wesley Fuller's setting of five poems by William Carlos Williams, A Solace of Ripe Plums, released on Capstone Records.
Joe Dan performs frequently with his wife, pianist Anne Kissel Harper. Sought after as interpreters of contemporary music, they have presented many premieres, including the song cycle Come, Look Quietly, composed for them by Daniel Pinkham. The duo has performed extensively within the Boston area, including Boston's Jordan Hall, in the southeastern United States & was featured in the Spring of 2003 on National Public Radio (WGBH Boston) Live Performances with Richard Knisely.
As an educator, he has been a member of the voice faculty of Brown University as well as Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He has also been involved in projects bringing opera to public schools throughout Utah (Utah Opera), the southeastern U.S. (Opera for Kids) & greater Boston (Handel & Haydn Society & Opera Boston).
Mr. Harper joined the SUNY Fredonia School of Music voice faculty in the Fall of 2005 after returning from Germany where he studied under the auspices of a Fulbright grant. This Spring marks the beginning of a partnership between Florestan and the SUNY Fredonia School of Music. His voice teachers, to whom he is deeply grateful, include Susan Clickner, Bruce Lunkley, Thomas Hayward, Ruth Ann Griffin & Rudolf Piernay.