Rhode Island Chapter of the American Choral Director's Association


T.J. Harper

Dr. 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 Women’s Chorus. He also teaches courses in Conducting, Secondary Choral Methods and Applied Voice. Dr. Harper received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California where he graduated with honors. At the USC Thornton School of Music he taught courses in undergraduate and graduate Choral Conducting and conducted the USC Thornton Apollo Choir (Men’s Ensemble). He received the Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from California State University, Northridge and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from California State University, Fresno.

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, The University of Southern California, and Burbank First United Methodist Church. Dr. Harper is the President of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He is the Rhode Island State Representative and founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). He is a member of the Steering Committee for the ACDA International Conductor Exchange Program. He is active as a choral clinician, festival adjudicator, Music Education consultant and All-State 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. Choirs under his direction have performed throughout the Eastern seaboard and Italy. They have also been selected to perform at the Eastern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association (Providence, RI) and at the Eastern Division Conference of the National Association for Music Educators (Baltimore, MD).

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 has received multiple research grants for the extensive study of the music of Brahms, Duruflé, and 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).