As a native of Ohio, Dr. Harper earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University after graduating from Bellefontaine High School as valedictorian. After leaving Ohio State, she earned the Master of Music at the Boston Conservatory and the Doctor of Music from Florida State University. Her extensive collegiate teaching career includes tenure-track appointments at Angelo State University, Georgia Perimeter College, Reinhardt University, and Georgia Southern University. Outside of her collegiate teaching, Dr. Harper is an accomplished choir director and is currently Director of Music at Sylvania First United Methodist Church and one of the directors of the Statesboro Youth Chorale. She has also worked hard to become a highly regarded lyric soprano and operatic director. Dr. Harper is married to Dr. Steven A. Harper, and their son, Dean, is a senior at Statesboro High School.
Operatic Performing Career: title roles in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Massenet’s Cendrillon and Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, Pamina in The Magic Flute by Mozart, Anna I in The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel and Elle in La voix humaine.
Concert Appearances: solo engagements with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, Statesboro-Georgia Southern Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, and the Panama City Orchestra. Professional Directing Credits: Peach State Opera’s Madame Butterfly, The Elixir of Love and Carmen and Friends; assistant director for Atlanta Opera’s La bohème; and, in her cinematic debut, she staged the opera vignettes seen in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls. Dr. Harper’s extensive collegiate directing credits include productions of The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, L’Elisir d’Amore, and The Pirates of Penzance.
Sept 9, 2022
Members/Military/ First Responders/City & County Employes: $20
Emma Kelly Theater
A Series of Performances highlighting ONE gifted individual. The audience shares 90 minutes with an established artist of the community via guest-host interviews, family members, and of course, performances.
Past one series performers 2022