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Assistant Professor of Flute and Music Literature
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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
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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, UO Opera Orchestra, Duke New Music Ensemble [DNME], What’s Next? Ensemble, Quartetto Canna, 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, Charles Young, 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 theGlobal 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’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 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 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, 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 university and high school students throughout the country.