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Harper Denhard is an active soprano in the Washington, D.C. area. Praised for her clear voice and engaging stage presence, she has performed in musical theatre, operetta, and concerts. As a singer/songwriter, she released the Christmas single "Mary's Song" in November 2019, which was featured on holiday radio and several podcasts.
Currently, Harper is most passionate about performing her solo cabaret at senior living facilities across the Washington metropolitan area. She frequently performs her one-woman show of Broadway classics, jazz standards, and pop songs at Sunrise at Bedford Court, Hebrew Home, Cadia Healthcare of Wheaton, and many other senior venues with the goal of bringing joy and nostalgia to the residents. She is also the creator of a show for preschool-age children, Oh, What A Beautiful Morning: Songs of Hope and Kindness, approved by the Superintendent's Committee for the Arts in Montgomery County Public Schools.
Harper is also a professional soloist and chorister singing weekly at the Palisades Community Church in Washington, D.C. She has sung under the direction of Marin Alsop, Julian Wachner, and Steven Reineke as a soprano in the Washington Chorus. Favorite musical theatre credits include Carousel (Nettie), Trial by Jury (Angelina), Sweeney Todd, Titanic, Ragtime, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Harper holds a Master's of Education from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she studied sociology and music. After college, Harper was selected to join Teach for America in Phoenix, Arizona where she taught first grade in a high-need area and founded and directed her school's first choral program. Since returning to Maryland in 2011, she has taught kindergarten, first, and second grade. After nine years of teaching, Harper is now enjoying entertaining diverse audiences across the Washington, D.C. area.