Esther Liu Harris, born in Hong Kong, and is the choral director in the high school division at Packer Collegiate Institute where she was named the Babbott Chair of Literature and the Arts for 2014 through 2015. She is an adjunct professor at New York University Steinhardt School of Education and a clinician professor, teaching methodology, choral conducting, and voice pedagogy at New York University’s Kodaly Summer Institute. She teaches choral conducting to master’s students at Teachers College, Columbia University and is Kodaly clinician in the New York area. Harris was formerly the conductor, and was on the chorus advisory board committee, for the Children’s Aid Society Chorus and the choral clinician for the Eastern American Association for Church Music. She was on the music faculty at the Spence School and the Trevor Day School and has been on the Juilliard Pre-College faculty since 2004 where she has conducted the Pre-College Youth Chorus and Middle School Chorus.
Harris holds a BM in music education, cum laude, from San Francisco State University, a MM in music education (Kodaly emphasis) from Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif., and is a Doctor of Education candidate in the music and music education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has also studied at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary, and has an Orff Schulwerk Certification in music and movement education from Trevor Institute in New York.