Joshua Harris

Joshua HarrisAssistant Professor of Performing Arts: Music

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B.M., Instrumental Music Education, Music Performance | Appalachian State University
M.M., Music Composition | Brigham Young University
Ph.D., Composition | University of North Texas

Professor Harris teaches music theory and composition and directs the SArPA Studio, a space for creating computer music and sound design. Prior to his appointment at Sweet Briar, he taught at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and at the University of North Texas. He has also conducted several choral and instrumental ensembles, including the SOSU University Singers, the Nova Ensemble at UNT, several high school bands and choirs, and many musical theater pit orchestras.

His original music is grounded in a fascination with visual art, textures, sound spectra, nonlinear narratives and extreme temporal manipulations, and has been heavily influenced by studio techniques of electroacoustic composers. He has been commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition and Akropolis Reed Quintet and has won awards from the American Composers Forum, among others. His music has been performed throughout the United States and South Korea, and is available on the SEAMUS record label. When he is not composing, he enjoys writing about art and music, traveling with his wife and two daughters, and thinking about the formal structure of sitcoms.

For more information, please visit Professor Harris’s website.