Department of Music

Faculty & Staff

Tara SchwabTara Schwab

Assistant Professor of Flute and Music Literature
NFAC 307
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  • 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 Pedagogy
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Intro to Music Lit
  • Music Before 1600
  • Symphonic Music
  • Women in Music
  • Music History and Appreciation
  • American Music


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.
Tara plays Principal Flute in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Eugene Symphony, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Corvallis Symphony, Duke New Music Ensemble [DNME], What’s Next? Ensemble, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the CalArts New Century Players. 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. She has collaborated with composers such as Shulamit Ran, Jeffrey Holmes, Charles Young, Patricio da Silva, Derek Gripper, Vera Ivanova, and Veronika Krausas, and has performed in such notable venues as REDCAT, Capitol Records, Paramount Studios, The Wild Beast @ CalArts, and Newman Hall in Los Angeles, as well as the Hult Center in Eugene, Oregon, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tara has been a featured artist at CalArts, Chapman Conservatory, the University of Southern California, Loyola University Chicago, Harper College, Elmhurst College, Duke University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory. She has also performed 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.
Tara received her DMA in Flute Performance with a supporting area in Ethnomusicology from the University of Oregon. 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 Carolina–Chapel Hill where she studied with Dr. Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Tara has also studied with Jim Walker, Wissam Boustany, Tadeu Coelho, Alexa Still, Kim Pineda, Fay Roberts, and Nestor Torres. Tara’s research in historical performance practice earned her the 2014 Fritz Thelen Recognition Award from the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Wind Music (IGEB), for her dissertation, A Flute Player’s Handbook for the Development of a Rhetorical Approach to W.A. Mozart’s Concerto in G Major, K. 313