Visiting Artists

2016 Apr 15

a master class with NEW YORK VOICES



Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard

Presented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free and open to the public (tickets/RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.

New York Voices—comprising Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinham, Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian—are known for their close-knit vocals, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral and big band to an intimate trio line-up. With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected. Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before—Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer—they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come. They will lead a master class with Harvard undergraduate singers, co-sponsored by Harvard’s vocal harmony group VoxJazz.

2016 Mar 26

a master class with composer BRIAN LOWDERMILK



Farkas Hall - Studio

Brian LowdermilkPresented by: Learning From Performers
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public (tickets or RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served subject to venue capacity.
VENUEFarkas Hall Studio, 10-12 Holyoke St. 

Brian Lowdermilk is a musical theater composer whose work is “dynamic and diverse, appealing to many facets of human emotion” (Catherine Duffy, Bargain Theatreland, UK). His songs—many with lyrics by his writing partner, Kait Kerrigan—have been recorded and performed internationally, and Lowdermilk-Kerrigan’s musicals have been produced and developed at the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club and Primary Stages, among other regional theaters, festivals and venues. He will conduct a master class with Harvard undergraduate performers.

2016 Apr 09

The Eloquent One: Celebrating Rufus Reid, Harvard University Jazz Master in Residence



Sanders Theatre

Presented by: Office for the Arts and the Harvard Jazz Bands
Tickets: Full Price: $15.00; Students & Seniors (65+): $8.00; Outings & Innings: $10 ticket with Harvard ID
How to get tickets: The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222
Listen to a radio interview with Rufus Reid>

A concert featuring Rufus Reid, the 2016 Harvard University Jazz Master in Residence, with the Harvard Jazz Bands. Yosvany Terry and Mark Olson, conductors.

2016 Apr 06

a conversation with composer/bassist RUFUS REID



Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard

Composer and bassist Rufus ReidPresented by: Learning From Performers
Tickets: Free (tickets or RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served subject to venue capacity.
Location map: Holden Chapel
Listen to a radio interview with Rufus Reid>

Rufus Reid, whose “luscious sound and buoyant swing can levitate an ensemble clear off the bandstand” (The New Yorker), is the 2016 Harvard Jazz Master in Residence. He has toured and recorded with Nancy Wilson, Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell and countless others, and his recording “Quiet Pride—the Elizabeth Catlett Project” (Motema Music), earned two GRAMMY nominations in 2015. Equally known as an exceptional educator, Reid co-founded the Jazz Studies & Performance Program at William Paterson University. He will discuss his career and creative process during a conversation moderated by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music.

2016 Mar 23

careers in music with THEODORE WIPRUD, Vice President of Education, New York Philharmonic



Office of Career Services (OCS) Reading Room

Ted Wiprud at Chang Deok GungPresented by: Learning From Performers
Admission: Free and open to undergraduates only (includes free lunch). Limited enrollment, reservations required; RSVP to OCS Crimson Careers.
Read the interview with Wiprup on the Harvard Arts Blog>

Join a lunch discussion with Theodore Wiprud ’80, an award-winning composer who is also a concert presenter, educator, and music executive in his role as Director of Education for the New York Philharmonic.

2016 Feb 26

“Theater and Human Rights,” a workshop with GUILA CLARA KESSOUS

3:00pm to 5:00pm


Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke St., Room 303

Presented ByLearning from Performers and Theater, Dance & Media
ADMISSION: Free enrollment, registration required. Limited to Harvard undergraduates only

Exploring the connection between theater and human rights that stretches from ancient Greece until today, this workshop led byDr. Guila Clara Kessous will give students the opportunity to use theater games to better understand the notion of the “other” in respect to human rights on stage and find new ways to raise awareness about social and humanitarian issues.

2016 Feb 20

Karole Armitage Performance Workshop Intensive

6:00pm to 7:30pm


Harvard Dance Center, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

Karole ArmitagePresented ByOffice for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program, Master Class Series

Renowned choreographer Karole Armitage, artistic director of the New York-based Armitage Gone! Dance company, will lead a two-day intensive with two of her company members to create a new work titled Dance Everywhen, which will then be performed by her dancers and workshop participants on February 24 at the Harvard Art Museums.

2016 Feb 01

a conversation with actors ALI MacGRAW and RYAN O’NEAL



Kirkland House Junior Common Room, 95 Dunster St.

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'NealPresented by: Learning From Performers
ADMISSION: Currently we are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. However, please be advised that a limited number of seats may become available at the door beginning at 2:45 pm.

Seating is first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity, and cannot be guaranteed after 2:45 PM. Venue is accessible; patrons requiring wheelchair access should email by Thursday, January 28.

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, the stars of the iconic, Harvard-based 1970 film “Love Story” and currently co-starring in the national tour of A.R. Gurney’s acclaimed play “Love Letters,” will discuss their careers during a conversation moderated by arts journalist Alicia Anstead, former fellow at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism.

2016 Feb 05

a conversation with composer GABRIEL KAHANE



Music Building (behind Science Center), Room 6

Gabe KahanePresented by: Learning From Performers
How to get tickets: Admission Free: No Tickets Required

A singer-songwriter with an eclectic style mixing a classical background with modern folk-pop influences, Gabriel Kahane will discuss his work during a conversation with Osnat Netzer, a composer, pianist and member of the Music faculty at Harvard. Kahane will also appear in concert with chamber ensemble Brooklyn Rider on Friday, February 5 at 8 pm at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre, presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston; for more information and tickets, visit the Celebrity Series online or call 617.482.6661.

2016 Feb 28
2016 Feb 06

a master class with ANA GASTEYER



Kirkland House Junior Common Room, 95 Dunster St.

actor/vocalist Ana GasteyerPresented By: Learning from Performers and Celebrity Series of Boston
ADMISSION: Free (tickets or RSVPs not required)

An acclaimed alumna of Saturday Night Live and now a regular on Broadway and concert stages, actor/vocalist Ana Gasteyer will lead a master class for Harvard student performers. Co-sponsored by the Celebrity Series of Boston, which is presenting Gasteyer in concert at Sanders Theatre on Saturday, February 6 at 8 pm.