Senior Lecturer in Vocal Music
Ben Harris received his Master of Music degree in Accompanying from Baylor University. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Oklahoma Baptist University and an Associate of Arts degree in Piano/Organ performance from Frank Phillips College. In 2002-03, a Rotary Scholarship enabled him to study Lied accompaniment and German in Vienna, Austria.
As opera coach/accompanist, Harris has assisted in the musical preparation of Dialogues of the Carmelites (Baylor University), Madama Butterfly and Susannah (Opera in the Ozarks), Hansel and Gretel (Western Illinois University and Shorter University), Cendrillon, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Medium, The Merry Widow, La Divina, La Canterina, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Die Zauberflöte, The Tellephone, and La voix humaine (Shorter University).
In addition to working with vocalists and instrumentalists, Harris has accompanied numerous university and symphony choirs, as well as serving as ballet accompanist for the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Ben has also served as a staff accompanist for the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) summer program in Graz, Austria. He has been heard as a chamber musician on National Public Radio’s Performance Today program.
Harris formerly served on the faculty of Shorter University (2008-12) and Western Illinois University (2005-08). Other interests include the German and French languages, aviation, travel abroad, and homeschooling.