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Truman Harris


Truman Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from Catholic University, and has completed part of a Master of Science in Computer Science from Marymount University.  His major bassoon teachers include Loren Glickman, Gerald Corey, Wilfred Roberts and Kenneth Pasmanick.  Prior to joining the National Symphony Orchestra, he was Principal Bassoonist with the US Air Force Band and bassoonist with the Fort Worth Symphony and Opera.  In the Washington area he regularly performs with Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, is an instructor at Catholic University, and was bassoonist with the Capitol Woodwind Quintet for many years until its concert series ended in 2012. He has appeared as a soloist with the NSO, and was a concerto soloist with Eclipse Chamber Orchestra in 2013.  

Also a composer and arranger, his Prelude was premiered in 1996 by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin.  His Concertino for horn and chamber orchestra and Concertino for flute and chamber orchestra were premiered and recorded by NSO members Laurel Ohlson, horn and Alice K. Weinreb, flute, with Eclipse Chamber Orchestra conducted by former NSO member Sylvia Alimena.  Published works by Truman include Character Sketches (2014) and Rosemoor Suite (2015) for wind quintet, Sonata for Two Bassoons and Piano, and numerous transcriptions of orchestral and piano works for wind quintet, all published by  His Aulos Triptych for four flutes and piano was premiered by NSO and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra flutists at the National Flute Convention in August 2015. 
Truman Harris


  • Prelude