School of Music

Margaret (Meg) Harper

Artist Faculty, Organ
Margaret Harper

Office Location

104 Corthell Hall



Academic Degrees

  • DMA and a Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School of Music


Organist Margaret Harper has performed across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. 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.” 

Margaret is the Director of Music and Liturgy at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, NH, as well as the Director of the Choir School at St. John’s.  She is on the faculty of the Young Organist Collaborative and is Artistic Director of the chamber music series Concerts on the Hill.  She also serves as Artist Faculty at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, where she teaches organ and harpsichord.  She has presented academic papers at national and regional conferences of the American Bach Society and the American Guild of Organists, and in 2016 was the keynote speaker at the Around the Mountain Organ and Choral Festival.

Margaret holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Porter, David Higgs, Michel Bouvard, Edoardo Bellotti, and Edward Zimmerman. She was a stipendiate at the 2012 Arp Schnitger International Organ Competition. In the same year, she was the inaugural recipient of the James B. Cochran Prize, which is awarded annually for the best organ degree recital at the Eastman School of Music. In 2014, she was a semifinalist in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. 

Areas of Expertise

Organ Performance