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Lane Harder

Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition

The music of Lane Harder has been called “vibrant,” “highly-crafted,” (Percussive Notes) “dramatic,” “aggressive and engaging” (Austin American Statesman) and “meditative” (American Record Guide). Recent performances of his music have been by Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Orchestra, Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Opera Theatre, University of Texas New Music Ensemble, CLUTCH Wind Ensemble (UT), marimbist Makoto Nakura (Young Concert Artists), soprano Rebecca Siler (Opera Philadelphia), The Ju Percussion Group, the University of Georgia Governor Honors Program Percussion Ensemble, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Percussion Ensemble and many percussion ensembles in North America, Europe and Asia. His music has appeared on programs at the 2004, 2012 and 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and the 2008 Percussion Master Series in Taipei. His performances and his original music appear on the Albany, Gasparo, and bu.hanan record labels. His music is published by KPP and Rassel Editions of New York. Harder’s music has been recognized with multiple awards from ASCAP as well as awards from NACUSA, Voices of Change, the Percussive Arts Society, The Florence Gould Foundation and the Texas Music Teachers Association.

Major studies in counterpoint, harmony, and analysis have been with composer and theorist Dr. Philip Lasser. Composition teachers include Narcis Bonet, Michel Merlet, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Chris Theofanidis, Robert Keeley, Ross Lorraine, Kevin Hanlon and Simon Sargon. Harder holds degrees from Southern Methodist University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Texas, and he completed a year of resident study at Kings College London. He recently served as a Graduate Fellow for Texas Performing Arts, a position made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A composer, percussionist and teacher living in Dallas, Harder teaches composition and music theory at Southern Methodist University. He has recently served as Assistant Director of Music at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas and as an adjunct faculty member of the Peabody Institute and Johns Hopkins University. He further serves on the faculty and administration of the European American Musical Alliance Summer Program in Paris, France, where he teaches counterpoint, keyboard harmony and score reading courses and serves as Program Coordinator. Harder is a member of ASCAP, NACUSA, and CMS and currently serves on the Percussive Arts Society Composition Committee.

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