-The American Organist Magazine
“The freezing cold of a January evening dominated the cathedral in Djakovo, but it could not diminish the richness and warmth of sound brought out of the cathedral organ by Margaret Harper.”
"outstandingly lively, punchy"
-The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Margaret "Meg" Harper is rapidly making a name for herself as an exciting young organist. Croatian newspaper Glas Slavonije writes, “The freezing cold of a January evening dominated the cathedral in Djakovo, but it could not diminish the richness and warmth of sound brought out of the cathedral organ by Margaret Harper.” She has performed across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including solo recitals at such prestigious venues as Harvard University, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC), and St. Paul Cathedral (Pittsburgh), and at national conferences of the Organ Historical Society and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
In addition to an active schedule of concertizing, Margaret serves as the Associate Director of Music and Organist at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX. Saint Michael is one of the largest Episcopal churches in the nation, and is home to a dynamic choral and music program. At Saint Michael, Margaret has helped to build the Chorister program from the ground up, has pioneered a series of music courses for adult parishioners, and serves as one of three full-time organists on staff.
Before coming to Saint Michael, Margaret served as the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH, the largest Episcopal church in that state. In her time at St. John’s, Margaret oversaw a dramatic expansion of all aspects of the church’s music program. Under her direction, the church developed The Choir School at St. John’s, an after-school RSCM-based music program aimed at low-income youth. In its initial years, the Choir School received several significant accolades, including the opportunity to premiere a newly commissioned work at the critically acclaimed Newburyport Chamber Music Festival.
Margaret is the founding Co-Director of the RSCM-America’s Dallas Boys Course, which will launch in the summer of 2022. In addition, she has also served as Artist Faculty in Organ at the University of Southern Maine, on the faculty and board of the Young Organist Collaborative, and as a secondary instructor of organ at the Eastman School of Music. She has presented papers at national and regional conferences of organizations including the American Bach Society and the American Guild of Organists.
Margaret holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Porter, David Higgs, Michel Bouvard, Edoardo Bellotti, and Edward Zimmerman. She is active in the Association of Anglican Musicians and currently serves as Co-Chair for that organization’s 2023 national conference. She has served in many leadership roles for the American Guild of Organists, most recently as District Convener for NH, ME, and VT.
"The quality of the playing was impeccable... highlights included Harper's elegant performance of 'Vater unser im Himmelreich' (BWV 682) from the Clavierübung of Johann Sebastian Bach, surely one of the hardest pieces in the repertoire."