B i o g r a p h y
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Coloratura Soprano Monica Harwood graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. With an affinity for contemporary art music, she recently debuted the dramatic monodrama, Black Water, for D.C. audiences. Operatic highlights include the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Monica in Menotti's The Medium and Papagena in The Magic Flute.
Monica has repeatedly been selected as a prizewinner for the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Vocal Competition. Monica attended Salzburg College in Austria with the University of Miami Summer Music Festival, where she immersed herself in German language and song literature.
Monica began her vocal training at Salisbury University, where she studied with voice teacher John Wesley Wright. She performed in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, competed in the first National American Spiritual Competition, with the American Spiritual Ensemble, and in the contemporary gospel-style musical The Gospel at Colonus.
At St. Bartholomew Catholic School, Monica cultivated an appreciation for the performing arts as the general music teacher, initiating a successful musical theatre program. Monica currently maintains a busy private piano and voice studio and works diligently as the accompanist and music director for Poolesville Presbyterian Church, providing a variety of music for worship services.
She currently studies with Jennifer Casey Cabot of the Potomac Vocal Institute and resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with her French bulldog, Chloe.