Chorus Master

Chorus Master Caleb J. Harris

Biography:

Caleb Harris enjoys an active career as a pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and vocal and opera coach. He is equally at home at the keyboard and on the podium. Harris has appeared throughout the United States, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Scotland, Slovenia, and Asia at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

As a vocal coach, musical director, chorus master, or conductor in Germany and the United States, Harris has been involved in the preparation and performance of many operas: recent productions include, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Stravinsky’s Renard, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Massenet’s Cendrillon, Busoni’s Turandot, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Handel’s Serse, Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicci, Weber’s Der Freischütz, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He has served as instrumental and ensemble conductor and/or rehearsal pianist for the Frankfurt (Germany) Symphony, Dubrovnik Symphony (Bad Homburg, Germany), Colorado Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Chamber Music Society, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, University of Northern Colorado University Symphony, University of Northern Colorado Opera Theatre, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Stones River Chamber Players (Tennessee).

Currently in his first season as the Utah Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor, Harris prepared the renowned Utah Opera Chorus for the critically acclaimed Doucet/Barbe production of Puccini’s Turandot. Musical luminaries he has worked with in the area of opera include Robert Spano, Stephan Asbury, Neil Varon, William Weinert, Robert Page, Joel Smirnoff, Phyllis Curtin, Dawn Upshaw, Martin Katz, Kenneth Griffiths, Alan Smith, and Robert McIver. A Graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he has received many honors, including a Presser Foundation Scholarship. He has studied piano extensively with Billie Jo Forney, Ronald Lewis, and Douglas Humpherys.

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