Carole J. Harris Adjunct Professor
BA – State University of New York at Buffalo
PhD – State University of New York at Buffalo
A native and resident of Niagara Falls, NY, Carole Harris is adjunct professor of music theory and ear training at Canisius. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Music, and a PhD in Music Theory and Historical Musicology, both from State University of New York at Buffalo. She also holds a BA in French, cum laude, from the same school. Her PhD dissertation was “The French Connection: Stravinsky’s Neoclassical Influence, through Boulanger, on the Music of Copland, Piston and Talma.” Her dissertation adviser was Dr. Martha M. Hyde, nationally-known Stravinsky scholar.
Harris is currently CoDean of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is Music Director at Church of the Nativity UCC in Buffalo. She founded and directed the first Women in the Arts Festival, a four-day event held in April 2008 that showcased works of women composers, artists, choreographers and performers, sponsored by the Buffalo Chapter AGO.
She is a private piano, organ and music theory instructor in Niagara Falls. Her principal piano instructor was Canadian pianist Harold Bradley, a student and protégé of French pianist Isidor Philipp. Her primary organ instructor was Dr. Barbara Harbach, internationally-known organist, harpsichordist, recording artist and composer.
In addition to music theory, Harris has taught courses in music history, music for film, women in music and world music at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.