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Joseph Harchanko

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Joseph Harchanko

Joseph Harchanko

Joseph Harchanko has written extensively for traditional instruments, large ensembles, and digital media. His music has been described as both "energetic and exhilarating" and "mystically alluring."* A cellist by training, his interest in percussion music was sparked while working as a percussion mover to support himself through graduate school. Dr. Harchanko is also an active electric cellist. His music is available on the INNOVA record label and through Latham Music Publishing and Keyboard Percussion Publications.

Harchanko lives in Salem, Oregon where many of his works are inspired by the western landscape. He is an Assistant Professor of Composition, Theory, and Violoncello at Western Oregon University. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor and iCommunications fellow at Ball State University where work is primarily centered at Ball State's Music Technology Studio and with the Digital Media minor. He received his D.M.A. in composition at The University of Texas and holds masters degrees in cello and composition from The Florida State University. He has been awarded fellowships from ASCAP, the Aspen Music Festival, the Lilly Endowment, and UT. His works have been performed across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia including performances at New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Colourscape installation, France's Bourges and Videoformes festivals, and New Music Tasmania.

*Dallas Morning News and Austin American Statesman


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