Benjamin Harper is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Valdosta State University, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, directs the graduate program in wind conducting, and guides all aspects of the university band program.
A champion of new, accessible music for students and audiences, Harper’s performances regularly include music by established composers Kevin Walczyk, Joni Greene, and Aaron Perrine. He is also a lead commissioner or consortium member of new music for wind ensemble by Shuying Li, Viet Cuong, Kimberly Archer, Nicole Piunno, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Julia Wolfe, in addition to a new opera for four voices and wind ensemble by Joni Greene based on the White Rose movement, a non-violent, intellectual resistance group led by a group of students in the Third Reich.
Prior to serving as Director of Bands, Harper was Director of Athletic Bands at VSU and spent seven years as a high school band director in Iowa. He holds degrees from Iowa State University, The University of Kansas, and Texas Tech University, and is an active member of the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, International Society for Research and Promotion of Wind Music, National Association for Music Education, and Georgia Music Educators Association.