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Tara Schwab
Tara Schwab

Assistant Professor of Flute
NFAC 307
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Online lessons are available.  Please contact Dr. Schwab for details.


  • D.M.A. Flute Performance, Supporting Area in Ethnomusicology, University of Oregon, 2012
  • M.F.A. Flute Performance, California Institute of the Arts, 2007
  • B.M. Flute Performance, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002

Courses Taught

  • Applied Flute
  • Flute Choir
  • Intro to Music Lit
  • Music Before 1600
  • Women in Music


Dr. Tara Schwab is Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. An active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad, Tara has earned praise as “a true technician of the flute” (Acoustica Americana), and her playing has been described as “splendid, accomplished, and totally committed–performance of the highest level,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran.
Dr. Schwab performs regularly with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and looks forward to joining the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra for the 2013-2014 season. She has also performed with the MidAtlantic Symphony, Eugene Symphony, and Corvallis Symphony, as well as the CalArts New Century Players, and the What’s Next Ensemble.
Tara is actively involved in commissioning, editing, arranging, performing, and recording new works for flute, in particular for her premier chamber ensemble Duo Amantis with guitarist Michael Kudirka. Tara has collaborated with composers such as Shulamit Ran, Patricio da Silva, Jeffrey Holmes, and Veronika Krausas, and has performed in such notable venues as REDCAT, Capitol Records, and Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, the Hult Center in Eugene, Oregon, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tara has been featured on the Global Village with John Schneider, which airs on 90.7FM in Los Angeles, as well as on “Live from Studio A” with host Tim Burke, which airs on 88.7FM, Interlochen Public Radio.
In addition to being a specialist in contemporary music, Tara works in the field of historically informed performance practice with an emphasis on 18thcentury repertoire. Her work with Baroque and Classical flutes led to the composition of her doctoral dissertation entitled A Flute Players Handbook for the Development of a Rhetorical Approach to W.A. Mozart’s Concerto in G Major, K. 313. Tara received her DMA in Flute Performance with a supporting area in Ethnomusicology from the University of Oregon, where she held the Graduate Teaching Fellowship in the studio of Molly Barth. She completed her MFA in Flute Performance at the California Institute of the Arts, and her BM in Flute Performance from the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill where she studied with Dr. Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Tara has also studied with Jim Walker, Wissam Boustany, Tadeu Coelho, Alexa Still, Rachel Rudich, Kim Pineda, Fay Roberts, and Nestor Torres. Dr. Schwab has taught masterclasses at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, the University of Oregon, and the Interlochen Arts Academy, and she is a frequent clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and teacher for high school and middle school flute students throughout the country. Tara also composes and arranges music for flute choir, much of which is available on her website