Described by the Classical Voice of North Carolina as showing “guts and passion” and being “emotive and artful,” Harder has performed across the United States and Europe.
Nancy Harder earned a M.M. degree in accompanying from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a B.M. in piano performance, with Honors, summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
She has also studied at the Conservatoire de Montreux, Switzerland.
Nancy has resided on the music faculty at Virginia Tech, teaching piano to majors as well as advanced keyboard harmonization and aural skills.
Select performances, in both piano and voice, have included collaborative artist recitals in Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies; soloing with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (as the only person to win the Richard R. Deas Concerto Competition twice); singing the operatic role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and participating in masterclasses with Barbara Bonney, Alan Smith, Harold Heiburg, and Walter Moore.
She was also a recipient of a research fellowship for her work on a critical edition of an original Liszt manuscript at Yale University.
Nancy is known as an out-of-the-box thinker and musician and is currently engaged in wide variety of performance, collaborative, educational, and creative endeavors.