Friday, August 10, 2012


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Dr. Music

Caroline Harder brings UBC doctorate back to the Academy

Released by Graham Yates, CAM


leven years ago, local mezzo-soprano Caroline Harder left her post at the Chilliwack Academy of Music in order to pursue a doctorate in vocal performance at UBC.


Now, terminal degree in hand, Dr. Harder is returning to the Academy to share her superlative knowledge with the community’s voice students.

Vancouver-born, Harder has performed solo recitals and concerts with choral, operatic and orchestral organizations in North America and Europe. Her Vancouver Opera credits include involvement in over 50 main stage productions and several small roles. As an instructor, she has taught voice, vocal pedagogy, and vocal literature at Trinity Western University since 1990. She was the co-founder and musical director of the Academy’s celebrated summer musical theatre program until 2005. She is an active adjudicator and clinician, and maintains a private teaching studio in her home.

The Academy and its voice department are thrilled to have Dr. Harder back, and excited about the courses she has proposed to teach.

The first is "Operatunities",  a vocal ensemble for anyone with operatic aspirations and a solid vocal background. During the course, participants will

develop their voice, opera and operetta repertoire, and acting ability. Each semester will culminate in a public performance of excerpts and scenes from the productions worked on. The second course is Vocal Pedagogy, offered on Saturday mornings. This course is ideal for new and seasoned voice teachers and singers because it covers not only the basics in vocal anatomy and physiology, but also the latest scientific research that leads to healthy, full and free vocal expression for both student and teacher.

The whole community will benefit from Dr. Harder’s expertise even though her courses are geared toward accomplished singers. "Knowledge is power," quotes Academy Principal Graham Yates, "so when participants empower their teaching and performing through these courses, the quality of teaching and performing improves for everyone!"

For more information on Dr. Harder or her classes, please visit or contact the Academy at 604 792-0790.

About the Chilliwack Academy of Music

The Chilliwack Academy of Music is a charitable organization founded in 1979 and is a member of the BC Association of Community Music Schools, a provincial collection of non-profit organizations that is unique among the provinces.

The Academy’s annual student enrollment exceeds 500.

The Academy’s teaching faculty has a high percentage of individuals with advanced music degrees and/or decades of teaching experience.

The Academy’s community outreach initiative includes free music instruction for Chilliwack Community Services families, downtown elementary school students, free student recitals and professional summer concerts, bursaries for those in need who wish to learn at the Academy, and scholarships for graduating students pursuing music degrees.


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