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Dr. Harris served on the faculty and as an administrator at The New England Conservatory of Music (1967-1977) and the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford (1977-1988), before becoming dean of the College of the Arts and professor of music at Ohio State.

From 1954 until 1968, Professor Harris lived in Paris, where he was music consultant to the United States Information Service, and produced the city’s first post-war Festival of Contemporary American Music. A student of Ross Lee Finney, he also studied with Lukas Foss, Boris Blacher, Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch. Professor Harris has received numerous commissions, including the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation in the Library of Congress, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Radio France, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship (1956) and Guggenheim Fellowship (1966). As co-editor of the W.W. Norton publication of the correspondence between Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg, he received an ASCAP Deems Taylor award in 1989. He was honored with an award in composition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1991), which led to a retrospective recording of his work on the CRI label in 1994.

His music is published by the Editions Jobert in France, and in this country by Theodore Presser and GUNMAR Music.


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