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welcome to opus

Hello, my name is Kevin Franz Josef Harris. For twenty-five years now I have been composing music, mostly as a hobby. It has been something I enjoy doing. Way back when I was seven years old my parents noticed that I had a musical gift, so they signed me up for piano lessons. For the next four years I would study piano. But during that time I also expressed interest in composing my own music. Unfortunately my piano teacher wasn't interested in nurturing that interest. I did manage to write a very small piece for piano at that time however. But time passed and I lost interest in playing the piano and composing my own stuff. But when I was 27 years old, the interest came back and I started playing again. It would be that year that I would write my first real compositions, with the help of a friend. Since then I have composed over 70 works, ranging from simple piano pieces to works for full orchestra. When I am not composing music, I'm Lead Designer for an amazing company called Omnilert, safeguarding lives on campuses, schools and other public places.


NEW WORK: 'Penelope' for Piano and Cello

About two months ago I had a very vivid dream. In that dream I heard this song and when I woke up, I immediately wrote down the lyrics and then the music. This piece is derived from that song and is performed by piano and cello. The score with lyrics can be downloaded here. You can hear this piece in the Piano works section.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary!

It was twenty-five years ago this year that I began studying basic composition with my friend Claude, and ultimately began working on some of my earliest compositions. I took a break in 2016 from composing, but in 2017 I plan to step it up.

The almost deleted Gloria - New work!

In 2011 I began working on a Mass. But it was a daunting project and I chose to just release the finished first piece, the Kyrie. I was going through old unfinished pieces which I had no interest in completing, and deleting them. Well I came across the Gloria from the mass and found it to be 90% finished. So I decided to wrap it up, get it out of the "to be deleted" folder. Give it a listen at the Liturgical Works page.

2016 Marks 40th Anniversary of First Composition

In 1976, when I was eleven years old, I composed my first piece of music - a short and simple work for piano. This year is the 40th anniversary of that first composition. You can hear it now at the top of the playlist on the Piano Works page.

featured work

'PENELOPE' for Piano and Cello in F Major, Op. 47

This is a song which came to me in a dream one night. I jumped out of bed and immediately wrote down the lyrics first, followed by the music. You can download the score for this piece with lyrics here.


Orchestral Works

Works for Orchestra and Orchestra with Solo Instrument.


Chamber Works

Works for a small group of instruments or string ensemble.


Works for Piano

Works for Solo Piano or Piano and accompanying instruments.


Liturgical Works

Works of faith, music a capella or for voice and orchestra.


In Character

Music from the web documentary series produced by Indy Roamers.


Music Videos

A playlist of music videos on the official YouTube channel of Kevin F.J. Harris.