Joseph Hasper
Joseph Hasper


Joseph Hasper

Joseph Hasper is an American composer who works in a variety of styles ranging from jazz to post-modern.. His works have been performed by large and small ensembles in over 40 countries, including theHolland Symphony Orchestra, Reading Pops, Carolina Cool Jazz Orchestra, Tony Catania and The Buddy Rich Band, Oklahoma School of Dance, Newburg Symphony, Coachella Valley Symphony, Symphonic Pops of Long Island, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Izmir Youth Orchestra, and countless other professional and educational ensembles. Among his most celebrated works are interactive and multimedia works such as WaTER Dance (for six dancers, six musicians, and interactive electronics), Movie Music (for any number of musicians, dancers, and live painters), and his ballet pieces Hope Dance, ABC Dance, and Les Jongleurs.


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; grants from the American Music Center, Robberson Fund, and Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts; and awards from the American Federation of Music Clubs, the Anton Stadler Competition, and the University of Oklahoma Graduate Research Program. 

His memberships include BMI, American Composers Forum, and the Oklahoma Composers Alliance. His music is published by SMP Press , Wehr's Music House, and Jazz Charts Online . He currently teaches theory and composition at Grove City College.