Joseph Hasper
Joseph Hasper
Composer

Biography

Joseph Hasper

Joseph Hasper is an emerging American composer who is best known for his jazz influenced style of post-modern composition. His works have been performed by the Holland Symphony Orchestra, the Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra, the Newburgh Symphony, the Coachella Valley Symphony, Pacific Fresno University, the University of Oklahoma, York College of Pennsylvania, and countless smaller works for professional and educational ensembles in over 28 countries. 

 

Joseph studied composition with Leonardo Balada at Carnegie-Mellon University and Marvin Lamb at the University of Oklahoma. He also studied jazz theory and arranging at the Mannes College of Music with Rich Shemeira and Phil Markowitz. While at Carnegie-Mellon University he composed the musicals Carried Away and Movie Music, as well as additional songs and scoring for the musical Salem After Midnight.

 

 

He has received numerous grants and awards, including the Michael Hennagin and Carr-Wallace scholarships; American Music Center, Robberson Fund, and Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts grants; and awards from the American Federation of Music Clubs, the Anton Stadler Competition, and the University of Oklahoma Graduate Research Program. He has performed with the University of Oklahoma New Century Ensemble and provided several dance pieces for the Oklahoma School of Dance projects.

 
 

 

His memberships include BMI, American Composers Forum, and the Oklahoma Composers Alliance. His music is published by Wehr's Music House and Jazz Charts Online. He currently teaches composition at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.