Faculty

Nancy Harder

Nancy Harder (Owner/Director)

Nancy Harder is an award-winning performer (classical pianist and mezzo-soprano), vocal coach, pedagogue, and conductor. She works across a wide array of genres.

She is also a passionate advocate for the arts, education, social justice, and community engagement.

Nancy Harder is the Owner/Director of Tempo.

As a pedagogue and collaborator, her clients include Grammy-nominated artists, professional singers/actors/music directors working in the U.S., semi-finalists in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and NATS National Student Audition Competition semi-finalists and finalists. She has taught & coached many musicians who have gone on to study at top tier performing arts colleges and programs. She has also taught many voice and piano students who have placed in both local and regional competitions and won roles in musical theater productions.

Recent projects include associate conducting and directing the chorus of Susannah under MET opera conductor, Steven White and 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. She also served as the Director of Outreach and Associate Conductor at Opera Roanoke, where she co-directed the young artist program.

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 has also taught on the music faculty at Virginia Tech for many years, teaching piano, advanced keyboard harmonization, aural skills, and musical theater.

Danielle Gray

Danielle Gray

Studio Assistant, Instructor: Art, Preschool Education

Danielle Gray holds a Masters in Elementary Education with a Minor in Art from Radford University. She is a former public school teacher and is passionate about teaching and inspiring children through various creative outlets.  Danielle loves to engage children in hands-on learning activities that bring joy to everyone involved.   

Emily Gwendolyn

Emily Gwendolyn

Instructor: Voice, Beginner Piano

Emily is a soprano originally from Virginia Beach. She holds a Bachelor in Music Performance Degree from the Crane School of Music at S.U.N.Y. Potsdam. She attended the Governor’s School for the Arts, in Norfolk, VA, during which time she interned in the chorus at Virginia Opera for their production of Hansel and Gretel in 2012. Previous roles include Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and 2nd Spirit in Die Zauberflote; as well as chorus credits in Die Fledermaus and Dido and Aeneas. During her time at Crane Emily also participated in the Contemporary Music Ensemble performing works by Igor Stravinsky and Chinary Ung.

Cody Lopez

Cody Lopez (AKA “Vinyl”)

Instructor: DJ, Rap, Hip-Hop

Cody Lopez, “Vinyl” (DJ, Rap, Hip-Hop) Native to Martinsville, VA, Cody Lopez (or DJ C-Jay) has been involved with music since a very young age. He began writing songs in the early 2000s, garnering more and more respect for the lyricism and depth found in music. He began DJ’ing in 2010 when a friend recommended he be hired for an event. Starting with no experience and no equipment, he has since gone on to start his own successful business, DJ’ing and performing as an artist at events all over Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016 and capitalized on his four years in Blacksburg, DJ’ing for the university, fraternities and sororities, endless weddings/social events, and even opening for quite a few major artists (including Fetty Wap, T-Pain, Sammy Adams, and more). While moonlighting as a DJ, Cody is also incredibly passionate about Youth Development and has spent over half of his life volunteering and working at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center in Smith Mountain Lake, serving two years as a Summer Staff Member nicknamed “Vinyl.” Currently, Cody serves as the Associate Director of Programming for College Mentors for Kids, a national nonprofit mentoring organization, and oversees 8 university chapters (including the one he founded during his junior year at Virginia Tech).

Timothy Miles

Timothy “Timmy” Miles

Instructor: Dance

Timothy “Timmy” Miles (Dance). Timmy is a 20-year-old artist from the New River Valley. He is a singer, dancer, actor, and aspiring director with over 10 years of training and experience. In dance, his training includes ballet, tap, jazz, irish stepdance, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, and a variety of other forms. He has danced in Mill Mountain Theatre’s production of Beauty and The Beast Jr. as a featured dancer, and will reprise this dance position in Summer Musical Theatre’s 2017 production of Beauty and the Beast. Other recent credits include a dual appearance as the Gamer and the Engineering Student in the world-premiere of (Be)longing, Doody in Grease, and Dr. Howden in The Glorious Gourd from Showtimers’ 2013 production of The Boo Revue.