John Albert Harris is a composer, producer, and creator of cinematic graphic novels.
John resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he is the Director of Operations for the Argento New Music Project and a Marketing Associate with Victory Theatrical at The Players Theater. He is co-producer of the hit Off-Broadway play Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic at New World Stages. He also works with The Nouveau Classical Project, an all-women contemporary classical music ensemble, where he was previously an intern. John is currently producing North Pond, a new chamber musical by Ben Morris, musical theatre by Alberto Nevada Lozano, and 7S: Seven Songwriters, a cross-genre concert series.
His cinematic graphic novel, Everything We Miss, is adapted from the novel by Luke Pearson, and tells the story of the end of a romantic relationship filtered through a deprecating lens. The 30-minute live show features an original score for chamber orchestra, narrator, and the film projected on two separate screens. Pre-recorded dialogue and sound effects enhance the experience through the sound system. John began his foray into combining comics and music with Craig Thompson's Blankets, which was commissioned by Butler University's Summer Institute and Undergraduate Research Conference.
John most loves to write for the voice, typically as art song. He finds that his favorite poetry to set is ambiguous and obscured with multiple meanings. These songs arise from collaborations with vocalists, and commissions have come from bass Rafael Porto (Florida Grand Opera), soprano Regina Ceragioli (Chicago Luminarts Fellow), tenor Andrés Peñalver (Mannes School of Music), and soprano Rebekah Smeltzer (Austin and Miami new music scene).
John holds a Masters degree in Music Composition from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, where he was an instructor in the aural skills/improvisation program. He completed his undergrad at Butler University. John’s primary composition teachers include Dorothy Hindman, Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, and he has had lessons with Martin Bresnick, Stephen Hartke, and Tania León.
In addition to his composing, John is an active pianist and regularly premieres new works by his colleagues. He has studied piano with Kate Boyd and Heidi Mayer.