Professor Joseph Singer

Bussey Professor of Law

  • Office: Griswold 306
  • Assistant: Patricia Fazzone 617/496-2075
  • Phone: (617) 496-5292
  • Fax: (617) 496-4863
  • Email: jsinger@law.harvard.edu

My mom taught me to play piano starting at age 5. I read music before I read English. I started violin at 8 years old and played in school orchestras and took lessons through high school and college. I played in several community orchestras and school plays when I was in high school. I also auditioned for and played in the Central New Jersey Orchestra all four years of high school and the New Jersey All State Orchestra for my junior and senior years (4th and 6th chair in the violin section out of 50 violins). I attended Red Fox Music Camp in Great Barrington Massachusetts for two years when I was in high school as well. I considered trying to become a professional violinist but decided to keep it as my hobby. I played in the orchestra while at Williams College and a student-organized chamber ensemble and performed a movement of the Bruch violin concerto with orchestral accompaniment in my senior year.

After beginning teaching at Boston University Law School I began attending the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College for one week every summer, playing and getting coached on chamber music. I have been attending that music camp for more than 25 years and have done string trios, quartets, quintets, and sextets, piano trios, quartets, and quintets, and mixed wind/strings chamber music. My favorite composers to play are Haydn and Mozart but I also love Beethoven, Dvorak, Schubert,  Schumann, and Brahms. And at the camp every year we play almost all Bach’s Brandenburg concertos and I often play the solo violin part, especially in the 4th and 5th Brandenburgs. I have also played contemporary chamber music written by composers at the camp expressly designed for amateurs and have performed such pieces four times. In addition, I begin playing viola in 1990 and play both violin and viola now in informal chamber groups during the year with friends.

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