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Caroline Harder, D.M.A.

Instructor in Music - Voice

  • Biography

    Ms. Harder, mezzo-soprano, has sung in recital, and with Choral, Operatic and Orchestral Organizations in Western Canada, Western USA, and participated in an Early Music concert tour of Hungary.  Opera roles include Mercedes (Carmen), Cherubino and Marcellina (Marriage of Figaro), Zita (Gianni Schicci) and Gertrude (Romeo and Juliet); Cio Cio San’s mother (Madame Butterfly) and Bridesmaid (Marriage of Figaro) with Vancouver Opera Association.  Concert performances include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as well as numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah.  Ms. Harder has also been heard on CBC Radio, most recently as part of “Grace Notes,” a program of music by Canadian composer Leslie Uyeda, which was performed for “Music in the Morning.”  In March 2009, Caroline presented her final doctoral lecture recital, performing arias from roles studied as part of her dissertation topic: “The Roles of ‘Mothers’ in Opera as exemplified by Fidès (Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète); Kostelnička (Janáček’s Jenůfa); Mrs. Patrick De Rocher (Heggie’s Dead Man Walking). She completed her DMA in August of 2009.  She has also been an Equity member of Vancouver Opera Chorus since 1993.

  • Education

    Associateship in Voice (Victoria Conservatory of Music, 1982);

    B. Mus. (Performance, Western Washington University, 1989);

    M. Mus. (Western Washington University, 1991);

    D.M.A. (Voice Performance, University of British Columbia, 2009).

    Dr. Harder’s voice teachers include Selena James, Bruce Pullan and Marianne Weltmann; and most recently, Gary Relyea and Peter Barzca.  In Master Classes, among others she has worked with Shirlee Emmons, Barbara Doscher, Rena Sharon, Rudolf Jansen and Leslie Uyeda. 

    Caroline has taught for over two decades and is passionate about her teaching. She has been described as a “dedicated” teacher, and as having a “good sense of musical styles . . . [and] a solid mezzo with a good top and rich middle register.”  Ms. Harder has also been Music Director and conductor for the Chilliwack Summer Musical Theatre Program. In addition to her teaching, and performing, she is active as a vocal adjudicator and clinician.

  • Memberships & Affiliations

    Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

    National Association of the Teachers of Singing

    Canadian Voice Care Foundation

  • Courses Taught at TWU

    Applied Music Lessons - Voice

    Vocal Pedagogy

    Vocal Literature

SAMC

Department or Program:

Music