William Harper (born 1949) is a Chicago photographer and composer. His photography is concerned with natural form and line and his music is theatrical, technology-based work sourcedfrom liturgical and folk traditions. Harper first earned critical acclaim for his workdefining a Chicago style of new music theater and opera as the creator and producer ofmany full-length original works for the American Ritual Theater Company (ARTCO).Concurrent with these projects, and subsequently, Harper’s opera, music theater,dance, orchestra, chorus, and electro-acoustic works have been commissioned andperformed by companies including The Minnesota Opera Company, The New MusicTheater Ensemble of Minneapolis, INTAR Hispanic American Cultural Center, TheGoodman Theater, Hartford Stage and The Music Theatre Group. Harper’s recentlycompleted Unquiet Myths, a suite of electro-acoustic pieces was commissioned by TheEllen Sinopoli Dance Company for Spill Out!, which premiered in 2006 and is scheduledto begin a national tour this year. William Harper received a PhD in music compositionfrom the Eastman School of Music, and has received support from many foundationsincluding the National Institute for Music Theater, the Djerassi Foundation, the YaddoFoundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois and New York State ArtsCouncils and The MacArthur Foundation.Harper has three sisters including a twin sister, Jessica Harper, Lindsay Harper duPont and Diana Harper. He also has two brothers, Sam Harper and Charles Harper.