Ken Hardin, artistic director

Artistic Director, InConcert Sierra

Teaching, performing, conducting and composing an impressive scope of musical genres, including jazz, Broadway and classical

“InConcert is all about great music and community.  We consistently present inspiring and beautiful concerts of wonderful and important music performed by exceptional artists.  We all live in this community and share in its wealth of beauty and activity. This treasure in our community is deserving of your investment.”
~ Ken Hardin

Ken Hardin, pianist/conductor/artistic director, was born in Whittier, CA. He began piano lessons at the age of 4 and also studied violin, trumpet, accordion and voice. Hardin received full scholarship to Whittier College, yet prior to finishing his degree, returned to playing music professionally in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

In Los Angeles, Hardin was highly noted for jazz and Broadway. He was a member of the popular 1970’s jazz group “Big North,” which disbanded just prior to signing their recording contract with a new label, “Penthouse Records.”

Hardin continued his education, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Northridge along with extensive training in choral and instrumental conducting. Hardin studied conducting under composer, conductor, pianist and arranger Jay Blackton, best known for his work as music director and conductor for Rodgers and Hammerstein. Hardin also studied conducting and piano-stylings with the noted composer and arranger Johnny Green.

While both a student and faculty member at CSU Northridge, Hardin coached many singers who later became successful such as Kurt Hansen (Ms.Saigon and Mamma Mia on Broadway), Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme’s son Michael Lawrence, actress Lee Remick, and pop sensation Leif Garrett among others.

Hardin directed, composed, and accompanied musicals and played for auditions throughout Los Angeles. He was sought out as a pianist for honor choirs by choral conductors such as Paul Salumonovich and Roger Wagner. He continued on the faculty at CSU Northridge until moving to Nevada County in 1984 to raise his children.

Ken Hardin spans the genres of jazz, Broadway, and classical with strong, diverse experience and education in conducting, performing and teaching. Hardin taught voice, choir, and music appreciation at Sierra College Nevada County Campus, was choral director for Music in the Mountains for four years, and MIM staff pianist for 20 years. He retired as the founding music director and conductor for Sierra Master Chorale in December 2018.  Ken is currently artistic director for InConcert Sierra.

Additionally, Hardin is the principal keyboardist for the Reno Philharmonic, and active as a freelance pianist. He adjudicates for and serves on a variety of ad hoc and board committees and maintains a private studio for piano and voice students.

“As Artistic Director of InConcert Sierra and Music Director of the Sierra Master Chorale, Ken Hardin is able to draw the best talent to perform outstanding music to both educate our youth and enrich all of our lives. Your contribution to InConcert Sierra enables us to present these incomparable musical experiences at an affordable price and thereby broaden the community of supporters”. ~ Barry Howard

Furloughed during COVID-19