Instructor, Music Appreciation
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504
126 School of Music Building
Dr. Rachel M. Harris, Instructor of Music Appreciation. This course is a part of the General Education curriculum. It fosters an appreciation of the arts, particularly music. Students will learn to think about, describe, interpret, and analyze a wide variety of musical genres.
Dr. Harris holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Fredonia State University and a MM in Opera from Binghamton University in conjunction with the Tri-Cities Opera Artist Residence Training Program. She was awarded a DMA from Louisiana State University in 2005. Ms. Harris has sung with Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Operafest of Great Woods, Operafest of New Hampshire and the Tanglewood Music Center. Her roles include Nedda in I Pagliacci, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Stephano in Romeo et Juliet, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Fraquita in Carmen and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. Ms. Harris has been a soloist with the New Bedford Symphony, Concord Symphony and Chorale and the Rhode Island Youth Symphony. At LSU she was the recipient of the Newman Scholarship and two Baton Rouge Opera Guild Scholarships, and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society. Her directorial credits include Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, The Pirates of Penzance, Street Scene, Fairy Tales: Hansel & Gretel and Cendrillon (Viardot) and La Perichole for Southeastern, Ravel’s Lenfant et les sortils, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore and HMS Pinafore for LSU; Smetana’s Bartered Bride and Copland’s The Tender Land for the University of Utah, Logan; as well as opera scenes for the Boston University Opera Workshop and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Ms. Harris received the New Orleans Tribute to the Classical Arts’ 2009 Creative Achievement in Opera award for Stage Direction in Southeastern Louisiana University’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.