Contemporary Performance Program
Flutist Tara O’Connor is a charismatic performer known for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone in music of every era as well as for her masterly readings of her huge repertoire of new works. In March 2001 she was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. This prestigious award has been given to only a small handful of wind soloists in its twenty-five-year history. Ms. O’Connor is a founding member of the 1995 Naumburg Award–winning New Millennium Ensemble and is the flute soloist of the world-renowned Bach Aria Group. She was the first wind player to be chosen to participate in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program for emerging artists, Chamber Music Society Two.
Ms. O’Connor performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus, Bargemusic, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Music from Angel Fire and has been featured on the A&E cable channel’s Breakfast with the Arts. Ms. O’Connor has recorded for Arcadia, CRI, Koch International, and Bridge Records. This season’s highlights include performances with Jaime Laredo, Peter Serkin, and Paula Robison. She received a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is professor of flute at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music. An avid photographer, she has photo credits in Time Out, Strad, and Chamber Music Americamagazines. Ms. O’Connor joined Windscape in the fall of 2002.
Manhattan School of Music faculty since 2002.