Nancy Harder: Director / Owner

A Blacksburg resident, Nancy Harder is the owner and director of Tempo, a new, visionary community performance and music education space in downtown Blacksburg. 

Nancy Harder is an acclaimed performer, coach and conductor, at home in a wide variety of genres. Nancy is an avid pedagogue, teaching on the music faculty at Virginia Tech. She is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association. 
A native of North Carolina, Nancy has performed as both a pianist and singer across the US and Europe. Most recently, Nancy music directed and conducted the world premiere of (Be)longing, a staged oratorio, at the Moss Arts Center, a 3 years long commission by Virginia Tech/The Moss Arts Center to foster healing and reflection on the 10 year anniversary of the events of April 16. 

Nancy is the Director of Outreach, Co-director of the Apprentice Artist Program, and Associate Conductor at Opera Roanoke. She will be the Associate Conductor/Chorus Master for Susannah under MET opera conductor, Steven White, in April 2017.

Nancy's primary teachers have been Andrew Harley (Juilliard faculty, USC DMA), Jim Douglass (UNCG faculty, USC DMA), and Barry Salwen (UNCW faculty, Juilliard DMA). Nancy holds a Masters Degree in Collaborative Piano and Vocal Coaching from UNCG. Nancy has also studied at the Conservatoire de Montreux, Switzerland and UNCW. She was also a recipient of a music research fellowship at Yale University.