Joe Harper

Joe Harper
Joe Harper
Associate Professor
Area: Voice
Mason Hall 3147

Hailed for his “magnificent purity of expression” (Fanfare Magazine) and “stirring delivery” (Boston Globe), tenor Joe Dan Harper is a versatile and engaging interpreter of a wide-ranging repertoire from Schubert and Britten to a variety of contemporary composers. In addition to the premier of Kurt Rohde’s Death With Interruptions in 2015, he has premiered works by numerous composers, including Thea Musgrave, Stephen Paulus, Daniel Pinkham, Libby Larsen, Ned Rorem, Robert Deemer and Lior Navok, He has been a featured performing artist and member of the faculty at at SongFest in Malibu, California and the soundSCAPE new music festival
in Pavia, Italy. A passionate interpreter of song repertoire with a noted gift for expressive and poetic diction, his discography includes Florestan Recital Project’s “The Complete Songs of Daniel Pinkham, volumes 1 and 2,” Daniel Pinkham’s opera The Garden Party in the role of “Adam” on the Arsis label and Wesley Fuller’s setting of five poems by William Carlos Williams, A Solace of Ripe Plums, released on Capstone Record.
Mr. Harper performs frequently with his wife, pianist Anne Kissel. Highly regarded as interpreters of contemporary music, the Kissel-Harper duo has premiered works by numerous composers including Daniel Pinkham, Ned Rorem, Libby Larsen, and Stephen Paulus. Over the past ten years, they have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the United States and in Germany, and have been featured on National Public Radio (WGBH Boston) Live Performances with Richard Knisely. Harper and Kissel were Co-Founders and served as Artistic Co-Directors for ten years of the Boston based Florestan Recital Project.

Mr. Harper’s performances include appearances with The Boston Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, Central City Opera, Handel & Haydn Society, South Carolina Opera, Utah Festival Opera and Utah Opera, and has been heard in such venues as Boston’s Jordan Hall, Berlin’s Gorki Theater, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, has been a Fellow at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. He holds degrees in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and Southern Methodist University. He has been a member of the SUNY Fredonia voice faculty since 2004.