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Dr. Darryl E. Harris

JSU Community Orchestra

Studio: Mason Hall Room 212 Dr. Darryl E. Harris
Phone: (256) 782-5559
Email: myanchor@aol.com

Dr. Darryl E. Harris, Sr., a native of Greenville, Mississippi is the music director and conductor of the Jacksonville State University Community Orchestra and serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Walters Department of Music. He was recently appointed as the Assistant Conductor and Cover Conductor/ Beginning Strings Instructor of the Etowah Youth Orchestras.  He was previously the music director and conductor of the Chagrin Valley (Ohio) Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.  He has served also as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and has guest conducted the Mobile Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Nassau (Long Island) Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Tacoma (WA) Community Orchestra and the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.  In 2006, Dr. Harris served as the music director and conductor of the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre’s production of Godspell, and has taught instrumental strings in the Hattiesburg (MS) Public School District for several years.

As a professional bassoonist, he has played with the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kokomo (IN) Symphony Orchestra, the Tacoma (WA) Symphony Orchestra and the Greenville (MS) Symphony Orchestra which he joined in the 1968-1969 season.

Dr. Harris has a Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Bachelor of Science in Music Education magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University where he was also inducted into The Golden Key National Honor Society as well as degrees from Western Illinois University (B.O.G General Studies), State University of New York at Empire State College (Meteorology) and the Moody Bible Institute (Church Music).

His research interests is on German conductors Leo Blech, Kurt Singer, Wilhelm Furtwangler and other symphonic conductors and musicians (most notably musicians of African descent including Johnny Nicholas) who were affected by the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust.

Dr. Harris served in the United States Air Force in the music and meteorological programs and is ‘proudly’ retired.

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