Tara Flandreau is a violinist, violist, composer/improviser, conductor and visual artist. She is semi-retired from her position as professor and chair of the Performing Arts Department at the College of Marin, in Kentfield, California, where she taught music theory and composition, ear training, strings, music history, directed the chamber music program, and conducted the COM Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra of about 50 musicians.
Tara is also on the faculty of the Marin Community Music School in San Anselmo where she teaches private lessons in violin, viola, and beginning piano, as well as classes in chamber music. She is a long time member of the Marin Symphony. In addition to teaching, Tara performs classical, contemporary, and improvised music in the U.S. and abroad, playing and recording with many varied ensembles. She is currently writing a short ooera about the current state of information communication, social media, truth or the lack thereof, and Donald Trump.
Tara is also an artist, working primarily in printmaking, collage and wood sculpture. Her art studio is in the old Navy barracks at the Studio Santa Rosa, Building 32, 3840 Finley Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Open studio visits are currently closed due to Covid-19.
Tara received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from Dominican College and did doctoral work in music at Columbia University in New York. Her dissertation project is about developing ways to use student creativity to teach ear training through improvisation and composition.
Tara also has her own music theory website, which is full of tutorials on diatonic and chromatic harmony. Her site has generated praise from college music students around the world. Please visit the site at www.musictheoryteacher.com
In addition to classical music performances, Tara has performed and recorded with many great improvisers, including Peter Kowald, Gianni Gebbia, Joelle Leandre, Saadet Turkoz, Marco Eneidi, Glenn Spearman, Eugene Chadbourne, Butch Morris, Jack Wright, Wadada Leo Smith, Daniel Carter, John Schott, Bert Turetzky, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Garth Powell, Douglas Ewart, Oluyeme Thomas, and Phillip Greenlief. Tara has recorded with the ROVA saxophone quartet, Kyle Bruckmann, John Schott’s Ensemble Diglossia, and the The American Jungle Orchestra, a creative improvising orchestra. A trio CD with oboist Carrie Shull and bassist Reuben Radding (the Shull/Flandreau/Radding Trio - oboe/viola/bass) was released in 2005 to rave reviews.