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Risa R. Harman

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music


DMA, 2011, SUNY Stony Brook Univ; MM, 2007, SUNY Stony Brook Univ


American soprano Risa Renae Harman, as noted by The New York Times, "is that rare creature among singers, a really good recitalist." A versatile singer who navigates a wide range of repertoire, she has appeared as soloist at the National Cathedral, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center and with New York City Opera, American Opera Projects, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Glimmerglass Opera to name a few. Miss Harman's international credits include recitals in Sweden as the winner of the American Jenny Lind Competition and the Italian Festivals Da Bach a Bartok and Musica nei Chiostri. Award recipient from the Lee Schaenen Foundation, Lotte Lehmann Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, Shoshana Foundation, Washington International Competition, Jenny Lind Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition, and Palm Beach Opera.

Dr. Harman is a graduate of Stony Brook University where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music degrees. She received an Artist Diploma in Opera from the Hartt School of Music (CT) as well as receiving additional training at the Franz Schubert Institute, Baden bei Wien (Austria) and as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Opera and Lake George Opera.

In addition to her teaching at Hofstra, she is also an Artist-in-Residence and Head of Vocal Programs at the Bay View Music Festival (MI) and on the voice faculty at Lafayette College (PA) and Suffolk County Community College. As an educator she saw a need in the training of music business skills for young artists and created the popular "Thriving in the Arts" series at the Bay View Music Festival and has since co-founded YourType Arts Partners/Seminars and presents workshops to young artists around the country.

Photo of Risa Harman

Shapiro Fall Hall Room 112
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