Distinguished Professor of Violoncello at Eastman School of Music
Chavalier du Violoncelle (awarded by the Indiana University in 2004)
Alan Harris is currently Distinguished Professor of Cello at the Eastman School of Music, and a member of the artist faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Distinguished Professor of Cello, Eastman School of Music, 1999 to Present
Chairman, Strings, 2000 to 2003
Artist Faculty, Aspen Music Festival and School, 1974 to present
Distinguished Professor of Cello, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1987 to 1999
Visiting Professor, Eastman School of Music for 6 years between 1986 and 1999
Professor of Cello, Northwestern University, 1984 to 1987
Visiting Professor of Cello. Northern Illinois University, 1986
Professor of Cello, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1976 to 1984
Assistant Professor of Cello, Eastman School of Music, 1965 to 1976
Instructor, Cello, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1961 to 1965
Instructor, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, 1959 to 1961
Mr. Harris has been active in coaching chamber music:
faculty of the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar, 1976 to 1982
Director, Cleveland Institute of Music Chamber Music Symposium, 1982.....
Coordinator of Chamber Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1981 to 1984
presently coaches chamber music at The Eastman School of Music
Mr. Harris has served on many national panels and symposiums on pedagogy and medical problems of musicians......Aspen Music Festival, co sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic, Northwestern University Medical School, MTNA, American Cello Congress.
Mr. Harris has conducted numerous master classes in cello performance and chamber music throughout the United States, Japan, and Australia.
Mr. Harris has been active as a performer:
Aspen Music Festival..... performances with Claus Adam, Jan Degaetani, Cleveland Quartet, Malcolm Frager, Lynn Harrell, Gidon Kremer, Ronald Leonard, Cho Liang Lin, Sergiu Luca, Robert MacDuffie, Brooks Smith, Karen Tuttle, Pinchas Zukerman, and many others......most recently, Sonatas of Bridge, Brahms, and Carter.
Eastman School of Music........cellist of the Eastman Quartet, 1970 to 1977.....performances throughout the United States.....concertos with area orchestras in Rochester and Chicago, recitals, most recently, chamber music with Oleh Krysa and George Taylor, an evening of unaccompanied Bach, and a recital of Beethoven, Bridge and Chopin with Yin-Min Chang.
Mr. Harris has recorded for Vox: The Chamber Music of Ives,, and the Trout Quintet, and is presently preparing to record the Suites of Bach for another label.
Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Harris has concentrated on a rational, informed physical and mental approach to cello playing. Having studied extensively physiology, and kinesthetics, his zeal for this `rational` approach was inspired by his primary mentor, and teacher, Janos Starker, and Raymond Stuhl, University of Kansas, who, early on, instilled a fundamental love for the wonder of music, and the highest standards of musical and work ethics.