Dr. Esther Liu Harris
Dr. Esther Liu Harris is the Choral Director (Grades 4 to 12) noted for making choral music “simultaneously highly demanding and great fun” at Packer Collegiate Institute. She has led a number of European tours, international choral adjudicated festivals, exchange singing opportunities with other high schools and college choral programs, and added the Select Choir for dedicated singers. Her choirs have taken tours to Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Austria, and Ireland. Her choir has performed at Carnegie Hall and won prizes from choral competitions/festivals. She received the honor of Babbott Chair of Literature and the Arts.
In addition to Packer, Dr. Harris is an adjunct professor at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. She is a faculty at the Kodály Summer Institute at NYU since 1999 where she teaches choral conducting and methodology to master music students and adult music teachers.
Dr. Harris serves on the faculty at the Juilliard School in the Pre-College Division since 2004, conducts the Youth Chorus. The Juilliard Pre-College Choral Program has flourished under her direction in terms of choral singing interests and the quality of musicianship in singing. She teaches rhythms and movements to voice major students, helping singers to develop a sense of rhythmic expressions. She was the children chorus master in the Juilliard Vocal Arts Opera “The Cunning Little Vixen” by Leos Janacek.
Dr. Harris earned the Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis at Holy Names University in CA, and a Bachelor of Music (cum laude) at San Francisco State University. She holds certifications, such as the Artistry of Conducting from Butler University, Orff Schulwerk in 2 levels courses, and summer workshops at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary. Besides her teaching assignments, Dr. Harris is a choral and Kodály clinician in the New York area. She has presented her research findings and workshops at local organizations, national music educators conference, and national choral directors association. She was a faculty at the Spence School, Trevor Day School, Children’s Aid Society, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College at the City University of New York.