Nancy Harder is an acclaimed performer (classical pianist and mezzo-soprano), vocal coach, pedagogue, and conductor. She is also an active arts entrepreneur and non-profit leader.
Nancy works across a wide array of genres. A single performing season could entail performing Philip Glass and Beethoven solo piano works, vocal coaching French mélodie, conducting opera, and conducting a hip-hop staged oratorio with beatboxer and rappers.
Nancy Harder is the Director/Founder of TEMPO, a visionary community arts space and music venue in downtown Blacksburg. TEMPO promotes creative expression and multicultural diversity through arts education and performance as a way to build community.
Recent projects include music directing and conducting the world premiere of the staged oratorio (Be)longing at the Moss Arts Center in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of April 16 at Virginia Tech. Her collaborators on the award-winning creative team for (Be)longing included Byron Au Yong, Aaron Jafferis, Charlotte Brathwaite, Ni’Ja Whitson, and Ben Zamora. In April 2017, Nancy also collaborated with MET opera conductor, Steven White, as the Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for Opera Roanoke’s production of Susannah.
Nancy Harder has performed across the U.S. and Europe. 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.
Nancy earned a M.M. degree in accompanying from UNC-Greensboro and a B.M. in piano performance, with Honors, summa cum laude from UNC-Wilmington. She also studied at the Conservatoire de Montreux, Switzerland. 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 has resided on the music faculty at Virginia Tech, teaching piano, advanced keyboard harmonization, aural skills, and musical theater and worked as the Director of Outreach and Associate Conductor at Opera Roanoke.