Joseph Hasper (b. 1963) is an emerging American composer best known for his jazz-influenced style of post-modern composition. His music is characterized by strong rhythmic impulses and harmonic structures borrowed from contemporary jazz idioms.
Joseph’s teachers include Leonardo Balada, Rich Shemaria, Phil Markowitz, and Marvin Lamb. His degrees include a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and both an MM (music theory) and DMA (music composition) from the University of Oklahoma, where he was the recipient of the Michael Hennagin Scholarship, Carr-Wallace Scholarship, and grants from the American Music Center, Robberson Fund, and Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts. He was a guest composer at the 2012 Fresno New Music Festival, a presenter at the University of Oklahoma Graduate Seminar, and has won awards from the Anton Stadler Composition Competition, American Federation of Music Clubs, and the University of Oklahoma Graduate Research Program.
Joseph has been an Assistant Professor at Cameron University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma, and currently teaches at Shippensburg University. He was formerly staff arranger and pianist for Army bands in the US and overseas. He has been a freelance composer and arranger since 1998.