Title: Professor of Music
Company/Institution: Connecticut College
Location: Centerbrook, Connecticut, United States
Patricia Harper, Adjunct Professor of Music at Connecticut College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Growing up, Ms. Harper was inspired by her mother, a professional pianist, and began private flute instruction in the fifth grade. She continued her flute studies throughout high school with Frances Blaisdell and was encouraged by her parents to pursue a career in music. Ms. Harper attended Smith College, earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in 1964. There followed one year of postgraduate course work at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow before she returned to the States to begin graduate work at Yale University School of Music in 1965 with mentor Samuel Baron. She earned a Master of Music there in 1967 and began her musical career as a flutist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra from 1965 to 1970. She later worked as a flutist with the United States Coast Guard Band in 1975. In the same year, 1975, she started her career as a music educator at Connecticut College where she continues to teach. During more than forty years in the field, Ms. Harper has also taught in a variety of different settings, including residential summer Flute Master Classes in Brownsville, Vermont from 2001 to 2011, in Greensville, South Carolina from 2004 to 2007, and since 2007, initially, in Monterey, and until 2020 in Marshall, California. In addition, Ms. Harper worked for one year through Connecticut College as coordinator for bilingual music and theater in the New London elementary public school system, and she was a professor in the Honors College at Southern Connecticut State University for a decade, from 1996 to 2006.
Ms. Harper’s expertise as a music educator extends well beyond the classroom. She has been a part of many published works including authorship and narrator of the CD, “The Remarkable Career of Flutist Julius Baker”, editor of the reconstructed flute duets, Opus 39, 87, and 102 by Friedrich Kuhlau, and two prize-winning editions: Poulenc’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano”, and “The Sidney Lanier Collection” (as co-editor). Ms. Harper has been serving as a member of the jury for the annual concerto competition sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She has also been awarded several Faculty-Student Engagement Grants from Connecticut College, most recently in 2020. She is currently a Trustee for the Connecticut Early Music Society.
To Ms. Harper, the most meaningful aspect of her career has always been the relationship with her students. Recalling the positive, formative influence mentors had in her life, she is always overjoyed to receive letters or words of appreciation from her own former students. One former student of Ms. Harper became president of Connecticut College nine years ago. At the pre-inaugural dinner, she was publicly thanked for her guidance and positive influence, a show of gratitude moving Ms. Harper to tears. Her dedication to her students, her passion for education, and her talent for music solidify her as an elite member of the higher education field.
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