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BRANDON K. HARPER

Jazz Pianist

Awards and Honors

2024 YoungArts Competition Winner

Jazz/Piano

 

2023 John Philip Sousa Band Award

For outstanding achievement and interest in instrumental music • Lincoln Park High School, Chicago IL

2023 Jazz in the Chi Regional Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Festival  

• Outstanding Piano Soloist, Big Bands (Lincoln Park HS)

• Outstanding Piano Soloist, Combos (Lincoln Park HS)

2023 NYO Jazz Alternate Musician

Selected as an alternate musician for the 2023 season of  Carnegie Hall NYO Jazz

2022 Jazz at Lincoln Center Summer Jazz Academy

Bard College • Invitee and participant

2022 Louis Armstrong Award

For superior jazz musicianship, character and individual creativity • Lincoln Park High School, Chicago IL

2022 Jazz in the Chi Regional Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival

Outstanding Piano Soloist, Jazz

The Gordon B. Peters Endowed Principal

Timpani Chair

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra spring

season 2022

2021 Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Kiewit-Wang

Mentorship Award
Mentorship Award co-recipient for excellence in musicianship as a high school jazz instrumentalist

 

2021 Illinois Music Educators Association's

All-State Band

Classical Percussion

Resume

2022 - 2023 Events and Programs

Chicago Symphony Orchestra -

Young ComposersInitiative Composer / Violinist, Jessie Montgomery mentorship Oct 2022 - April 2023

 

National Association for Music Education:
All-National Honor Ensemble Jazz Band

Nov 5 - National Harbor, Maryland

Chicago Jazz Festival 
Sept 3 - Lincoln Park High School, Jazz Band 
 

Caramoor Jazz Festival, Katonah, NY 

July 30 - Jazz at Lincoln Center's Summer Jazz Academy

A two-week residential high school summer institute for advanced study in jazz performance. July 17 - 30, 2022

at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY . 

2021-22 Piano Gigs (Jazz, R&B, Dance Variety)
Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz City 2022

Celebrating the Centennial of Louis Armstrong’s

Arrival in Chicago 

Student trio leader • Columbus Park Refectory, Chicago, IL

 

An Evening with Mike Jones and Friends 
Madison Street Theater, Oak Park, IL

http://madisonstreettheater.org/

Jazz Institute of Chicago: Water Colors Fresh Fest

Student ensemble leader • Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Ballet Chicago Studio Company: The Music of

Black Voices

Harris Theater, Chicago, IL

 

Chicago Tap Theater: Snapshot

Athenaeum Center for Thought & Culture, Chicago, IL

Education

Northwestern University, Evanston IL  

Fall 2023, Current Freshman

Jazz Studies Program, Piano

Lincoln Park HS, Chicago, IL - Class of 2023 
• IB Program, Music Performance
• Concert Band (freshman - senior)
• Jazz Band (sophomore - senior)
• Marching Band (freshman - senior/Drum Major)

Music Organizations

Jazz Links Student Council

Jazz Institute of Chicago, 2021 - 2023

 

Ravinia Jazz Scholars Program 
2020 - 2022 (drums 2020-21 • piano 2021-2022

 

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
• Jazz Orchestra, 2020 - 2023 
   (drums 2020-21 season, piano 2021-22 season)
• Symphony Orchestra, 2020 - 2022
• Philharmonic Orchestra, 2019 - 2020 
• Debut Orchestra, 2017 - 2019

 

Alice S. Pfaelzer Conservatory at Merit School

of Music
Jazz Studies, 2019 - 2021 (Drums)

Private Instructors

Piano • Richard D. Johnson 

https://www.rjjazz.com/ 

Jazz Large Ensemble Directors

Pharez Whitted, Jazz Director

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra 

http://www.pharezwhitted.com/ 

Pat Mallinger, Lead Mentor

Ravinia Jazz Mentor Program 

https://patmallinger.com/

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