TRUMAN HARRIS (b 1945 )
Truman Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of North Texas, and a Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America (CUA). He retired from the position of assistant principal bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Washington, DC in September 2017, as well as the position of bassoonist with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. For many years he was bassoonist with the Capitol Woodwind Quintet. Prior to that, Harris performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and Opera.
In 1996, the 25th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was celebrated by the commissioning of 25 fanfares from 25 different composers to be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra during that season. One of those works was Harris’s Prelude for twelve violas, which was performed by the NSO conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Harris was composer-in-residence at the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra (ECO) for ten years, beginning in 2004, and several of his works were premiered by the ECO during that time.