Nancy Harder is an award-winning performer (classical pianist and mezzo-soprano), vocal coach, and conductor. She works across a wide array of genres.
Nancy Harder is Director of Outreach and Associate Conductor at Opera Roanoke. She is also the Director/Founder of Tempo, a visionary community performance and education studio in downtown Blacksburg.
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 acclaimed creative team for (Be)longing included Byron Au Yong, Aaron Jafferis, Charlotte Brathwaite, Ni’Ja Whitson, and Ben Zamora.
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. She earned a M.M. degree in Collaborative Piano and Vocal Coaching from UNC-Greensboro. Her undergraduate studies included a fellowship at Yale University, residency at the Conservatoire de Montreux, Switzerland, and a B.M. in piano performance, with Honors, summa cum laude from UNC-Wilmington. Nancy also resides on the music faculty at Virginia Tech, teaching piano, advanced keyboard harmonization, aural skills, and musical theater.