Anne Harley

Associate Professor of Music
Adviser in the Environmental Analysis Non-Science Tracks

Department: Music
Office Address: Performing Arts Center 140
Office Phone: (909) 607-1880
Personal Website:

Anne Harley will be on leave during the spring semester.

Anne Harley

Academic History

2009-present Associate Professor, Music Department, Scripps College
2015-2017 Chair, Music Department, Scripps College
2006-2009 Assistant Professor, Music Department, UNC Charlotte.

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Boston University (Historical Performance)
  • Opera Certificate, Boston University (Opera Institute)
  • Master of Music, Boston University (Voice Performance)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Yale College (Comparative Literature)

Areas of Expertise

COMMISSIONS (Premieres and Recordings for Voices of the Pearl, selective list)

  • March 2018   Therīgāthā Inside Aura (sung in Khmer, Pali, and English), by Chinary Ung. Co-sponsored by NEA ArtWorks, Scripps College, Chapman University, and Voices of the Pearl
  • Jan 2018   You Moving Stars(sung in Chinese and Pali)  by Emilie Cecilia LeBel. Co-sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, Scripps College, and voices of the Pearl.
  • April 2017   PERSEVERE(sung in Tibetan and Pali)  by  Karola Obermüller . Co-sponsored by NEA ArtWorks, Scripps College, and Voices of the Pearl
  • 2016    Seven Prophetesses(sung in Hebrew)  by Moshe Shulman. Co-sponosored by Harvard Fromm Foundation, Scripps College, and Voices of the Pearl.
  • 2015  Snowflakes, Blossoms: Friends of the Way(2015) (sung in Chinese) by Marjorie Merryman. Co-sponsored by Scripps College, and Voices of the Pearl
  • 2015  Thinking of Elder Sister Zhen(fall 2015) (sung in Chinese)  by Tom Flaherty. Sponsored by Scripps College.
  • 2015  Forest Threnody (sung in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Pali)  by Yii Kah Hoe, Co-sponsored by Scripps College, and EnviroLab Asia. Co-commissioned with Charles W. Kamm for the Joint Choirs of the Claremont Colleges,
  • 2014  Sounds Ineffable(sung in original Pali) by Bill Alves, Sponsored by Scripps College.
  • 2014  Divan-I Hayati(sung in original Farsi)  by Kati Agoc,  Co-ponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, and Scripps College.
  • 2013  Kollwitz Konnex: “…im Frieden seiner Hände”  by Ralf Yusuf Gawlick. Sponsored by Boston College. Co-commissioned with Eliot Fisk, guitarist.
  • 2013  True Witness: A Civil Rights Cantataby Jodi Goble. Co-commissioned with Charles W. Kamm for the Joint Choirs of the Claremont Colleges, and Inside-Out Choir (Crossroads)

PUBLICATIONS (selected list)

  • "Romances of Princess Natal’ia Ivanovna Kurakina (1768-1831),"  Journal of Singing, September 2015
  • "Orality overlooked: What can be learned from oral pedagogies of music" Voice and Speech Review: A World of Voice, 2011.
  • "Russian Women Composers at the Court of Catherine the Great: A Hidden Women’s Tradition," Southern California Early Music News, Vol. 35, No. 1, Sept 2009  

Awards and Honors

  • 2016, 2017, 2018: National Endowment for the Arts: ArtWorks Grants
  • 2018 Hour-long feature on ‘Voices of the Pearl’ with John Schneider on ‘Global Village’ KPFK 90.7
  • 2017-2018: Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant for IRCAM collaboration with composer Marta Gentilucci
  • 2017: Short-term Fellowship, Huntington Library
  • 2007-2017: Canada Council for the Arts Artist Management and Travel Grants
  • 2016-17  Visiting foreign expert: Hunan Provincial Government at Hunan Women’s College, Hunan Normal College and Hunan University, Changsha, Hunan, PRC
  • 2014: Artist-in-Residence, Saari-Kone Foundation
  • 2013: DAAD Visiting Professorship, Hochschule für Theater, Musik und Medien Hannover
  • 2013: Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Music: Commissioning of Canadian Composers
  • 2013: Hsu Travel Grant for Academic Interactions with China, Scripps College
  • 2012: Fellowship for Creative and Performing Arts, American Antiquarian Society
  • 2010, 2012, 2014: Recipient of the Mary Wig Johnson Faculty Achievement Award for excellence in research, Scripps College
  • Voting member of the Grammys (2009-present)
  • 2001: Noah Greenberg Award, American Musicological Society


  • 2018  Invited lecturer, curator, and performer at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Austria
  • 2017  Invited faculty lecturer, Beijing Minzu University, Religious Studies Department
  • 2017  Conference panelist, International Daoist Studies Conference, Nanterre University, Paris
  • 2017  Conference panelist, Asia Networks Annual Conference, Chicago “Convening a World: Fostering Interdisciplinarity through the Digital Humanities”
  • 2017  Invited feature performer and lecturer at John Donald Robb Trust Annual Composers’ Symposium University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)
  • 2015-2018  Invited faculty lecturer and performer: Burapha University, Thailand (2-person delegation leader, with Prof. Branwen Williams (marine science) in conjunction with EnviroLab Asia
  • 2015  Invited faculty lecturer and performer: SEGI College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2015  Invited lecturer and performer in China  1) Beijing Normal Conservatory 2) Chinese National Library (Beijing) 3) ASEAN Annual Music Festival, Nanning 4) Hunan Women’s University  (delegation leader; 10 Scripps participants)
  • 2014  Invited lecturer, Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R.C.
  • 2013  Invited lecturer, “Cultural Encounters and the Discourses of Scholarship” Workshop at the Graduate School of the Universität Rostock and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock, Rostock, Germany: 
  • Paper title: “From Eye to Ear: The Benefits of Training in Oral Vocal Traditions for Western Conservatory-Trained Singers”
  • 2012  Invited lead teacher & director 
  • 3-week extended voice workshop organized at the Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, PRC
  •  2012  Invited masterclass presenter & teacher, Shanghai Conservatory, Shanghai, PRC            
  • 2012  Invited lead teacher & stage director Research Centre for Ethnic Music and Musical Theatre School of Arts of  Beijing University
  • Beijing, PRC


Canadian performer-educator-scholar Anne Harley moved to Claremont in 2009 to join the faculty at Scripps College. Since then, she has dedicated herself to empowering her students to use their voices via the humanities and applied voice performance, and to commissioning new works to perform with her colleagues and students, primarily through the Voices of the Pearl project, which she founded in 2011. Voices of the Pearl commissions new settings of the texts by and about female esoteric practitioners from all world traditions. She frequently travels to Asia and Europe to teach and perform, and has held several professorships and artist residencies across the globe.

Courses Taught

  • Humanities Core I: Culture, Knowledge and Representation
  • Humanities Core III: Mobilizing Art: Creating Activist Performances
  • Humanities Core III: "Democracy, Populism and American Musical Theater"
  • MUS 110a, Music in Western Civilization I
  • MUS 110b, Music in Western Civilization II
  • MUS162: Musical Texts: Text-setting, Analysis, and Diction
  • MUS 170, Voice
  • MUS 189, Junior Recital
  • MUS 191, Senior Thesis
  • MUS 191H, Honors Senior Thesis
  • MUS 199, Independent Study in Music: Reading and Research

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