W E L C O M E

Take your choral ensemble to the next level with clinician extraordinaire and master teacher, Dr. Robert A. Harris. Professor Emeritus at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music (Evanston, IL), Dr. Harris has been hailed as "one of the finest choral trainers and conductors" and a master at "helping singers make grand works of music sound sublime."   Dr. Harris is committed to advancing the art of singing and is a specialist in motivating singers. Dr. Harris can tailor a clinic to achieve excellence in blend, pitch, rhythm, or whatever aspect you choose.  For additional references, please visit the "Testimonials" page. 

Dr. Harris also invites you to peruse his compositions and settings, some of which have recordings on site. If you only have a few moments, below you can enjoy a video recording of soprano, Rachel Sparrow, performing the 3rd movement of "Gloria," Dr. Harris' pièce de résistance for chorus and orchestra. Thanks for your interest and consideration. 

About Robert A. Harris

Robert A. Harris, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music (Evanston, IL), served as Director of Choral Organizations and Professor of Conducting at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music from 1977 to 2012. Prior to Northwestern, Dr. Harris taught at Michigan State University, where he served as Director of Choral Activities from 1970 to 1977, and at Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan) from 1964-1970. He also has held visiting professorships at Wayne State University, the University of Texas (Austin) and the University of South Africa in Pretoria.


Dr. Harris is active as a conductor, choir clinician, and adjudicator, having appeared in these capacities throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Harris served as Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus for the 2016-17 season.*  In June 2016, he served as guest conductor of the Carolina Coast Festival Chorus and Orchestra’s Spring Festival.  Performances of the Faure “Requiem” and Sacred Music of 20th and 21st century American composers were held in New Bern and Jacksonville, North Carolina. In November 2016, Dr. Harris served as guest conductor with the Wayne State University Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra (Detroit, Michigan) in a performance of the Brahams “Ein deutches Requiem.”


Internationally, Dr. Harris served as one of two guest conductors and clinicians for the Taipei Philharmonic Choral and Conducting Workshop in the Republic of China. He also served as guest conductor for Korea's premier professional choir, the Inchon City Chorale, guest conductor of a Choral Festival Youth Chorale in Hong Kong, and presented lectures and conducting master classes throughout South Africa on two separate occasions. In Argentina, Dr. Harris presented lectures and master classes on African American spirituals.   In March 2013, he presented master classes on spirituals for the American Cantat VII Music Festival.

As a composer, Dr. Harris has been the recipient of over forty commissions from schools, churches and musical organizations. His compositions, especially those of the choral genre, have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, and in South Africa. His published works currently appear in the catalogs of Oxford University Press, Morning Star, Boosey and Hawkes, Walton Music, Alliance Music, Mark Foster and J.S. Paluch.


Awards and honors for Harris include an Alumni Arts Achievement Award in Music from Wayne State University and the 2000-2001 Northwestern University School of Music's Faculty Exemplar Teaching Award. Harris was one of three University professors to receive a Northwestern University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2001-2002 academic year. Harris served for three years as a member of the Choral Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts and twice functioned as the Panel's co-chair. Biographical entries include Who's Who Among Black Americans, Men of Achievement (London), and Who's Who in America. A video Oral History interview of Harris has been made a permanent part of the History Makers Collections at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.


Dr. Harris received his education from Wayne State University in Detroit, the Eastman School of Music, and earned his doctorate from Michigan State University in composition and theory. He has been active as a church music director throughout his career, currently serving Winnetka (IL) Congregational Church as Director of Music and Choirmaster. He is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association and an active member of Chorus America.

Compositions

and

Settings

"Gloria" was begun in 2005 and completed in 2006. 

The work was commissioned by the Westminster Choir of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dayton,Ohio.  The first performance of Gloria was on May 21, 2006, John Neeley conducting.

Compositions and Settings (continued) 


                TITLE                                           DESCRIPTION                                     PUBLISHER
  (Recordings in next section for titles in green)


A COLLECT FOR PEACE (1972)                                            For mixed chorus and brass                                        NCP

                                                                                                           [2 horns; 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba]   


ALLELUIA! SING A NEW SONG (2000)                          For unison voices and piano or organ                     NCP


ARISE, SHINE OUT (1987)                                                     H
ymn tune ["Blackwell"]
                                   OUP

                                                                                                     for unison voices and organ                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                  

AS ONE
(2000)                                                                           
For four-part treble chorus and piano                      NCP  


BEHOLD! I BUILD AN HOUSE (1992)                              For mixed chorus and organ                                         NCP


BEHOLD, MY SERVANT,
                                         For mixed chorus, brass quartet                         OUP                                                    F

WHOM I UPHOLD (1992)                                                     and organ

                                                                                                        

             

BENEDICTION (1974)                                                              For SATB and optional keyboard                               B&H


BENEDICTUS (1968; revised 1981)                                      For SSAA unaccompanied                                             NCP



BREAD OF THE WORLD
(1981)                                          
 Communion anthem for SATB,                          MFS        

                                                                                                      soprano solo, and organ                                                  


CANTICLE: THE HUNGRY ANGELS (1978)                   For mixed chorus and organ (or piano)                    MFS


CANTICLE: THE HUNGRY ANGELS
(1978)                   For SSAA and organ (or piano)                                    MFS


COMMUNION SERVICE: "MASS IN 
                       For unison voices and organ                               NCP

HONOR OF ABSALOM JONES" (1974)                                  


ETERNAL LIGHT, SHINE IN              
                         For mixed chorus and organ or piano                       NCP

OUR HEARTS (2005)


FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH (1963)                 
    For mixed chorus and organ                                         B&H

     
FOUR SPIRITUAL SETTINGS (1986-1993)                       For two treble voices and piano                                 
 B&H
1. There's A Little Wheel A Turnin' 

    In My Heart (1993)                                                                                                                                                                  

2. Li'l Boy, How Old Are You? (1986)
3. This Little Light of Mine (1993)                                                                                                                                                                                                

4. Little David, Play on Your Harp (1993)



GIFT OF LOVE (2002)                                                      
        For two-part treble chorus, oboe and piano           AMP


GLORIA (2006)                                                                           For mixed chorus, soprano, and orchestra             NCP                       
    I. Gloria in excelsis Deo
    II. Laudamus Te
    III. Domine Deus
    IV. Qui tollis
    V. Quoniam tu solus Sanctus


GLORY TO GOD (1963)                                                              Motet for mixed voices, unaccompanied                MFS


GO DOWN, MOSES (1984)                                                         
  Arrangement for mixed chorus and                           OUP        

                                                                                                                        soprano solo, unaccompanied



GO, MAKE OF ALL DISCIPLES
(1988)                               Festival anthem hymn for SATB,
                        NCP    

                                                                                  soprano solo,organ and brass quintet                

                                                                                                                                                                                 



I LOVE THY KINGDOM, LORD (1983)                         
   
 For  mixed chorus, soprano and                                  NCP

                                                                                                            tenor soli, unaccompanied                              



I'M THE SAME AS YOU
(2000)                                        
    For three-part treble choir and piano                        NCP



INTREAT ME NOT TO LEAVE THEE
(1962)                   Motet for SATB                                                                    NCP



JUBILATE DEO
[Psalm 100] (2003)                                 
    For treble choir and piano                                              NCP



KYRIE AND GLORIA (1964)                                                 
   For mixed chorus, unaccompanied                            NCP                                                 

   
LET US BREAK BREAD TOGETHER (1967)                     Arranged for SSAA and soprano solo                         NCP




LIFE HAS LOVELINESS TO SELL (2001)                           For treble choir and piano                                             AMP                  

 

LOVE CAME DOWN AT CHRISTMAS (1980)                  For SATB, soprano solo, unaccompanied                 WMC



MAGNIFICAT AND NUNC DIMITTIS
(2002)               
  For mixed chorus, mezzo-soprano and organ        NCP



MAY THE GRACE OF CHRIST,
                                  Motet for  SATB                                                    B&H       

OUR SAVIOR (1960)                                                                                                     



MAY THE LORD BE WITH YOU
(Revised 2007)         
   Short anthem for SATB                                                      NCP



MILLENIUMS' CHILDREN (2001)                               
       For SSAA and chamber orchestra                                    NCP




MISSA BREVIS
(1963)                                                        
       For mixed chorus, unaccompanied                                 NCP



MUSIC FOR SIGHTSINGING
(1977)                                
   15 two, three, and four part exercises                             MFS

                                                                                                            SA, SSA, TB, TBB, SATB unaccompanied
 



NOW THEREFORE PRAISE THE LORD
(1986)             Festival anthem for mixed chorus, organ,                  NCP

                                                                                                             and optional brass quintet [2 trumpets, 

                                                                                                             horn, 2 trombones]

 
O COME, LET US SING UNTO THE LORD
(1969)           For mixed chorus and organ                                           B&H



O GRACIOUS GOD (2000)                                                     
   For SATB and organ                                                            NCP



O LAMB OF GOD (1980)                                                        
     For SSAATTBB, unaccompanied                                    NCP



O PERFECT LOVE (1960)                                                       
    Motet for SATB                                                                       NCP



OH, HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? (1986)             For SATB, unaccompanied                                                      OUP                          



OH, HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? (1988)           Adapted for TTBB, unaccompanied                                OUP                  



PASSAGE FROM THE MASS (1997)                                   
    For SSAA, unaccompanied                                                WMC



PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
(1994)                                            For mixed chorus and piano                                               NCP          



PSALM 25 (1987)                                                                  
           For Cantor, choir and organ                                               JSP  
In: "Service Music for the Mass" (Vol. 1)                                 



PSALM 47 (1961)                                                                       
         For SSA and flute, clarinet,                                    NCP

                                                                                      violin, viola, and cello           



REJOICE YE PURE IN HEART                          
                  For mixed chorus, unaccompanied                                OUP

(1963; revised 1987))


        
REQUIEM: A CANTICLE                                                     For mixed chorus, chamber choir,                                 NCP

OF IMMORTALITY (1971)                                                               soprano and baritone soli, and orchestra
     



 RISE UP, MY LOVE, MY FAIR ONE (1988)                             For mixed chorus and piano                                             NCP



SANCTUS (1981)                                                                            
     English setting for SATB with piano                              NCP

                                                                                                                   or organ [Unison setting also available]                                                                                                       

  

SET ME AS A SEAL UPON THY HEART (1988)                      For mixed chorus and piano                                                    KJOS 
     


 
          


SING A SONG OF CHRISTMAS
(1980)                             
      For SATB, unaccompanied                                                  NCP



SONGS OF SOLOMON
(1988)                   
                                   For chorus of mixed voices and piano                             NCP
1. Rise up, My Love, My Fair One
2. Set Me as a Seal Upon Thine Heart


SUNNY BANK ["ON CHRISTMAS DAY"] (1981)                   For mixed chorus, unaccompanied     
                      NCP 



TE DEUM (1962)                                                                                 For TTBB and brass quintet                                                NCP

                                                                                                                   [2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba]
 

TE DEUM (1989)                                                                             
    For mixed chorus, organ, and brass quartet               NCP

                                                                                                                   [2 trumpets, 2 trombones]   


THE EYES OF ALL WAIT UPON THEE (2001)                     
For SATB, unaccompanied                                                 NCP



THE LAMB
(1985)                                                                            
  
For SSAA, unaccompanied                                                OUP


                                        
THE LORD'S PRAYER
(1966)                                                         
For SATB and organ                                                              NCP                                                  




THE SILVER SWAN (1969; revised 1981)                                   
Madrigal for SATB unaccompanied                               AMP           



THREE CHILDREN'S PRAYERS         
                                  For SSA, unaccompanied                                                   B&H
(1959; revised 1981)


THINK ON THESE THINGS (1994)                                            
     For two-part treble chorus and piano                              B&H                    



TWO ELIZABETHAN LYRICS
(1990)                    
                    For mixed chorus and orchestra or piano                     OUP
1. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

2. The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd



TWO INTROITS FOR PALM SUNDAY 
                         
          For SATB, optional keyboard                                              NCP

AND EASTERTIDE



TWO PSALM SETTINGS
(1987) [Psalms 23 and 25)             
For Cantor, choir, and organ                                             JSP
In: "Service Music for the Mass" (Vol. 2)



WHAT PASSION CANNOT MUSIC                              
               For three-part treble chorus and piano                    WMC                    

RAISE OR QUELL! (1995)



WHAT SWEETER MUSIC?
(1980)                                                 For mixed chorus, unaccompanied                               NCP  



YOU WILL DRAW WATER JOYFULLY
(1987)                            For Cantor, choir, and organ                                             JSP

[Isaiah 12] In: "Service Music for the Mass" (Vol. 2) 




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Publisher Key:

         

       AMPAlliance Music Publications, Inc.      B&H: Boosey and Hawkes     CF:    Carl Fisher Inc.     JSP:   J.S. Paluch Co., Inc.       KJO:   KJOS Music Company    

 MFS:     Mark Foster (Shawnee)   MST:     MorningStar Music Publishers     NCP:     Not commercially published; contact Dr. Harris    OUP:     Oxford University Press    

                                                                                                 WMC:    Walton Music Corp


Recordings

Major Choral Performances

ADAMS, JOHN      Harmonium* 

 BACH, C.P.E.                   Magnificat in D Major
 BACH, J. S.                       Cantata No. 4 Christ lag in todesbanden

                                      (Christ lay in death's bonds)

                                        Cantata No. 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild 

                                      (God the Lord is sun and shield)

                                     Cantata No. 140 Wachet auf, Ruft Uns die Stimme 

                                                                               (Awake,the watchman calls  us)       

                                              Cantata No. 142 Uns ist ein Kind geboren (To us a child is born)  

                                              Magnificat in D Major
 
                                   
         Mass in b minor
 
                                      
       Motet 1 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

                                     (Sing the Lord a new song)
                                              Motet 2 Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf

                                    (The Spirit  gives aid to our weakness)
                                              Motet 3 Jesu, meine Freude  (Jesus, my joy)
                                              Motet 5 Komm Jesu, Komm  (Come Jesus, Come)

                                              Motet 6 Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden

                                      (Praise the Lord all nations)
                                              Passion According to St. John
                                       
       Sanctus in D, BWV 238
BARBER, SAMUEL 
   Agnus Dei (Adagio)
                                       
       Prayers of Kierkegaard
                                       
       Reincarnations


  Works in bold performed with orchestra or other instrumental ensemble

*Prepared chorus only (Chorusmaster); not conducted in performance

Major Choral Performances (continued)                    

  BARNETT, CAROL          The World Beloved:  A Bluegrass Mass


  BEETHOVEN, L. van      Mass in C, Op. 86

                                                      Missa Solemnis in D major

                                                      Symphony No. 9 (last movement)*


  BERGER, JEAN    Magnificat


  BERKEY, JACKSON   Arma Lucis


                                 BERNSTEIN, LEONARD       Chichester Psalms**


                                  BLACKFORD, RICHARD     Mirror of Perfection**


                                  BLOCH, ERNEST     Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service)


  BRAHMS, JOHANNES        Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

                                                         Gypsy Songs, Op. 103

                                                          Liebselieder Waltzer, Op. 52 (Love song waltzes)

  Motet, Op. 29 No. 1   Es ist das Heil uns kommen her   (Salvation has come to us)

  Motet, Op 29 No. 2   Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz 

  (Create a pure heart within me, Oh God)

  Motet, Op. 74, No. 2  O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf 

   (Oh Savior, rend the heavens on high)

                                                        Nanie, Op. 82

                                                        Rhapsody for Alto and Male Chorus

                                                             Schicksalslied, Op. 54 (Song of Destiny)
                                                        Three Festival Pieces for Double Chorus, Op. 109

                                                        Vier Gesange, Op. 17  (Four hymns)                                   
    

  BRITTEN, BENJAMIN 

     A Ceremony of Carols 

  Missa Brevis 

     Hymn to St. Cecelia 

     Saint Nicholas 

     War Requiem*




* Prepared chorus (Chorusmaster) not conducted in performance

** Conducted American premier


     



BROWN, JONATHAN    Legacy of Vision:

                                    Martin Luther King



                     BUCCI, MARK   The Wondrous Kingdom



                                    BUXTEHUDE, D   Missa Brevis



                                                 CHERUBINI, LUIGI

                                                 Requiem Mass  in C Minor

                  


                                          DANIELPOUR, RICHARD

                                             An American Requiem

                                             In the Beginning        



                                               CONTE, DAVID      Four Motets



                     DELLO JOIO, NORMAN

                A Jubilant Song

                     To St. Cecelia                                                                        



  DISTLER, HUGO    

  Fuhrwhar, er trug unsere Krankhei

(Indeed, he bore our illness) 

 Singet dem Herr nein neues Lied

(Sing the Lord a new song)

 Wachet auf, Ruft uns die Stimme

 (Awake, the voice is calling us)



                         DURUFLE, MAURICE   Requiem



                  ELGAR, EDWARD   The Music Makers                



    ELLINGTON, DUKE   The Sacred Concerts 



                                 ANSHAWE, DAVIDAfrican Sanctus                                                                  Dona Nobis Pacem    



                     FAURE, GABRIEL   Requiem





FELICIANO, RICHARD

Three Madrigals from Shakespeare



                     FINZI, GERALD In Terra Pax 

                                                            Magnificat



                                  FOSS, LUKASBehold, I build an House

                                                                   Psalms



                                                              GIOVANNI, GABRIELI 

                                                               Jubilate Deo



                                              GERSHWIN, GEORGE 

                        
                Selections from Porgy and Bess P

                                                  
    


                   GIANNINI, VITTORIO     

            
Canticle of the Martyrs




HANSON, HOWARD
   
   

Cherubic Hymn

  A Song of Democracy




HANDEL, G.F.


Dettingen Te Deo



Dixit Dominus



Israel in Egypt



The King Shall Rejoice



Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened


Messiah


Utrecht Jubilate



HARRIS, ROBERT A.


Gloria


    Magnificat    


Now Therefore Praise the Lord


Songs of Solomon

   I. Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One


II. Set Me as a SealUpon Thine Heart


Te Deum


Two Elizabethan Lyrics




HAYDN, JOSEPH

The Creation


Mass in B(Theresienmesse)


Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass)


Te Deum Laudamus




HENZE, H.W.

Muses of Sicily




PAUL HINDEMITH

Frau Musica

(In Praise of Music)


Six Chansons




KAY, ULYSSES

Choral Tryptich




KODALY, ZOLTAN

Budaveri Te Deum




LOCKLAIR, DAN

Gloria



LUBECK, VINCENT

Christmas Cantata


                             MARTIN, FRANK

Mass
 for

                                    Unaccompanied 

            Double Choir



        

                                                        MARTINI, G. 

               `                              
            Domine Ad Adjuvandum

                                                                 Me Festina                 

              

                                                                                            



                              MENDELSSOHN, F. 

                               Elijah

                               Hymn of Praise   (Lobgesang)                                                                        Kyrie in D minor                                                                                  



MENNIN, PETER The Christmas Story

        


                                                                                                                     MONTEVERDI C. Gloria Concertata                                                                                           

                                 MOZART,W.A                


                           Kyrie in d minor, K. 341       

                            *Mass in c minor, K. 3    

Missa Brevis in F, K. 192   

Missa Brevis in C, K. 220    

Regina Coeli    

Requiem  Mass in d minor 

Te Deum. K. 141    

Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore, K. 339

(Solemn vespers for the feast of Confessor) 



                            MUSSORGSKY, M.                                                                            Coronation scene fromBoris Goudounov        



            NELHYBEL, VACLAV             

               Adoratio de parte altera

              Canticorum Salonomis    

        (Praisethe gods of Songs of Solomon)


                                               

                      

NELSON, RON 

The Christmas Story



     NUNES-GARCIA, JOSE                                                   

                                         Requiem Mass                     

            
   

                                               

               PACHELBEL, JOHANN   Magnificat                 



  PEETERS, FLOR Te Deum   


                            PENDERECKI, KStabat Mater

                                 

      

                               PERSICHETTI, V. Celebrations Op. 103                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  PETRASSI, GOFFREDO  Nonsense             





                    PINKHAM, DANIEL

        
            Christmas Cantata

 



                                              POULENC, FRANCIS             

                                               Four Motets for the

                                               Season of Christmas              

                                               Gloria         

                                               Mass in G                                                                

                                                             

                                                              POWELL, MEL   Six Love Songs


                     







PURCELL, HENRY

Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary



RAMINSCH, IMANT   Gloria

                                                      Magnificat


RESPEGHI, OTTORINO       Laud to the Nativity



ROREM, NED     Canticles, Set II


RUTTER, JOHN Dancing Day

                        Gloria

                             Requiem


SHICKELE, PETER    The Seasonings

                                    (P. D Q Bach) 



SCHOENBERG, A.   Friede Auf Erden (Peace on Earth)



 
SCHUBERT, F. P.   Mass in G

                                       Mass in B♭






   

                            


SCHUBERT F. P. Mass in G       

                            Mass in B♭

                 

                                                                                                                             

SCHUMAN, WILLIAM  Carols of Death          




 SCHUETZ, HEINRICH   Deutsches Magnificat

                                                       (German Magnificat)

                                                                             Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied                                                                               (Sing the Lord a New Song)                                                        



STANTON, W. K.   Sing We Triumphant Hymns of Praise

                                                   

                                

                           

STARER, ROBERT   The People, Yes




STRAVINSKY, IGOR   Symphony of Psalms

             Mass



THOMPSON, RANDALL   The Peaceable Kingdom




TIPPETT, MICHAEL   A Child of our Time



 

                                                                       

                     



VERDI, GIUSEPPE               Pater Noster (Our Father)

                                                     *Requiem  

VIVALDI, ANTONIO       Gloria


WALTON, WILLIAM           Belshazzar's Feast 

                                                     Where Does the Uttered Music Go?


WHITE, LOUIE L.                Rejoice, Emmanuel Shall Come 



WILLIAMS, DAVID H.        Lamb of God





   WILLIAMS, R. VAUGHN


 
                                         Benedicte


                                          Serenade to Music

    
                                          Hodie

                                          Mass in g minor

                                          Festival Te Deum

                                          Dona Nobis Pacem



   WORK, JOHN      The Singers



  Other Works Conducted (non-choral)

     WILSON, OLLY                     Sextet                 

    SCHOENBERG, ARNOLD     Pierrot Lunaire     
    HINDEMITH, PAUL              Martinslied
    BARBER, SAMUEL               Adagio for Strings

    MUSICAL THEATER
    CARR AND SHUMAN      

      The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    SCHWARTZ, STEPHEN

    Godspell
    AHRENS & FLAHERTY

     Once on this Island


























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