Under Tara's direction, The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra was the 2017-18 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, college division. Tara won second place in The American Prize Vytautas Marijosius Award for Orchestral Programming, receiving a special judge's citation for "remarkable growth in the programming of major repertoire". In addition, Tara placed third for The American Prize in Conducting, college/university orchestra division with a special judges’ citation for “exceptional improvement in ensemble performance.”
Attracting hundreds of qualified contestants from all fifty states, The American Prize is a national, non-profit competition designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles, and composers in the United States. The American Prize Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming honors the memory of the great Lithuanian conductor. The Prize recognizes and rewards the best achievement in the unique field of orchestral programming, where the selection of repertoire by knowledgeable, creative and courageous music directors builds orchestras and audiences, educates young people and adults, and enriches the community.
Tara served as the premiere instructor for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's new Symphony 101 adult music education program during the 2017-18 season. Centering around various themes and incorporating music from the CSO's season, talks were given at the Levine Jewish Community Center, Southminster Retirement Community, and Founders Hall in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Lectures presented were "The Orchestra: An Organized Circus", "Praise & Protest: Meeting the Demands of 19th Century Audiences", "Baroque: The Period of Imperfect Pearls", "Disability & Dynamic Music", "An Introduction to 20th Century Musical Dialects".
Tara and colleagues were featured in the January 2015 issue of Lake Norman Magazine. To read the article, click here.
Tara's conducting class from spring 2014 was featured in a video on the Davidson College Music Department homepage. Click here to watch her students in action.