Dr. Joshua Harper

Assistant Professor of Music Choral
Performing Arts

Dorothy Dickson Darte Center Room 305
(570) 408-4434

Dr. Joshua Harper is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting & Applied Voice. At Wilkes, he conducts the Chamber Singers and University Chorale. He also teaches music theory, private voice, and serves as the musical director for all musical productions. He moved to Wilkes from Prescott, Arizona where he served as the Director of Choral Activities at Yavapai College from 2019-2023. He has conducted multiple Musicals, including Phantom of The Opera, Hello, Dolly (starring Toni Tennille), In The Heights, Chicago, and Jane Eyre.

He has performed on some of the nation’s largest stages, including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Harper is the founder of the Quartz Ensemble, a fully professional chamber choir drawing singers from across the country of international renown. He is also in his fourth season as a guest conductor with the Arizona Philharmonic. Collaboratively, they have presented works ranging from Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms’ Requiem to Bach cantatas and music by Arvo Pärt. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, he holds the Doctor of Music degree from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University with a minor in Music History and Literature.

Joshua Harper's Curriculum Vitae (CV) (.pdf)

  • Harper: “Drawing The Line: Caroline Shaw’s Use of Baroque Dance Forms in Partita for 8 Voices.”, (2020), The Choral Scholar & American Choral Review, Vol. 58, No. 3, 26-49.
  • Harper: “Caroline Shaw's use of Renaissance and Baroque dance forms in her Partita for 8 voices”, (2020) IUScholarworks, Indiana University.
  • Schubert, Franz (ed. Harper), (2015) Die Einsiedelei, Colla Voce Music, INC.

Preach, Sister, Preach (2019), Katherine Jolly, soprano, -

“Absent an Adjustment” with Joshua Harper, conducting; Parma Records;

  • Harper: (2023) Pennsylvania State Thespian Conference, “Beyond The "Warmup": Doing More With Your Vocal Exercises”
  • Harper, Dickau, & Laney: (2022) Idaho ACDA Non-Mixed Choral Festival, adjudicator, and clinician
  • Harper, Cossey, Peterson: (2022) Arizona ACDA High School Choral Invitational, adjudicator, and clinician
  • Harper, Cossey: (2021) Arizona ACDA 2021 Summer Workshop, “Looking Forward: Resources, Repertoire, and Advice for the Choral Professional
  • Harper, Mabry: (2020) Austin Peay University, Graduate Opera Workshop, “The Opera Chorus”,
  • Harper: (2020) Yavapai College Library Distinguished Guest Lecture Series, “Drawing the Line: Historical Connections in the Music of Caroline Shaw”,
  • Harper, Clark: (2016) Massachusetts Music Educators Association, High School Choral Music Reading Session,