Cheryl Hardy-Moore said that when she came to Steamboat Springs in 1982, she thought it was just a ho-hum cow town.
The Silver Spring, Md., native sang at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and raised a little mischief with world-famous photographer Annie Leibovitz when they were middle schoolers. Cheryl moved to Denver in 1976; graduated with a law degree from the University of Denver in 1981; gave birth to her son, Zach, in August of that year; and performed with a top-level Denver chorus.
She had seen a little bit of the world.
It’s fair to say that when Cheryl came to Steamboat for a job in the District Attorney’s Office, she had no idea how much Steamboat had to show her or how much she would give back to the community in the ensuing decades.
After joining a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at the United Methodist Church in the winter of 1983-84, Cheryl helped form a singing group that would become the Mountain Madrigal Singers, now the Steamboat Chamber Singers. A former director of the Madrigals, Cheryl has had a long, loving relationship with the local singing and arts communities and with the church, where she played the pipe organ for years and still subs in occasionally.
“She’s been a real gift to the community here,” Associate Pastor Tim Selby said.
Local arts patrons likely would recognize Cheryl’s voice — a beautiful, vibrant soprano. Cheryl noted, though, that clients at the law office she’s run since 1990 often don’t realize her connection with the arts.
“Most of my clients don’t have a clue that I do this,” she said about singing. “You know me as one, or you know me as the other.”
People also might not know that Cheryl is a two-time cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 1985 and 2006, once in each breast. Cheryl, 61, knows how fortunate she’s been and is a strong supporter of local cancer-related events. These days, she’s enjoying life with her husband of about 30 years, woodworker Bob Moore.
“We’re trying to travel more,” Cheryl said. She and Bob spent much of June in Italy. “I’m still working too hard.”
Cheryl said the caliber of the arts in Steamboat now is comparable to her experiences years ago in D.C. and Denver.
“Musically, it’s very satisfying,” she said. “It’s just a kick to see how far it’s come.”