Kendra Harder

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Kendra Harder is a composer and guitarist from Saskatoon. Her music playfully combines new musical elements within traditional forms. In 2018 she was a recipient of the inaugural Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes for new opera creation. She collaborated for a second time with Saskatoon-based librettist, Michelle Telford, on a comic opera about social media in a traditional oratorio format called “Book of Faces,” which was premiered at Tapestry Opera in Toronto in March, and will be performed at the Highlands Opera Festival in Halliburton, ON this summer. The opera was described as “funny, clever and doesn’t outstay it’s welcome,” and “deliciously silly.” In July 2018 Kendra had her European premiere at ClarinetFest in Belgium with her work, “Cat Fight,” which was commissioned by the Goodchild Grady Duo; and this spring her “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Double Bass” was performed at the SSO Sunday Chamber Series. Kendra holds a BMus from University of Saskatchewan, where she studied guitar performance with Walter Hofmeister.