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Tara Lynn Ramsey


Tara Lynn Ramsey enjoys a varied career as chamber musician, new music interpreter, orchestral leader, and teacher. A member of new music ensemble Dal Niente, she collaborates regularly with composers on both violin and viola. Originally from Cedar Falls, IA, she studied with Blair Milton at Northwestern University and David Updegraff at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was co-concertmaster and a Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago during the 2015-17 seasons. During that time, she also performed as a soloist with the Chicago Sinfonietta, played with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center Honors, and performed with members of the Chicago Symphony on the CSO’s MusicNOW series. She co-founded Memoria Nova, an ensemble that re-examines music history as it explores lesser-known works from the Renaissance to the present, with flutist Shanna Gutierrez and pianist Andrew Rosenblum.

What is your favorite musical memory? I love the feeling of being totally in sync and tuned in with my collaborators, really playing off each other’s sounds, everyone free to express as they want in the moment because there’s total trust and confidence between everyone on stage. The energy is electric. Those moments are some of my favorite musical memories.

What do you like to do outside of music? Being outside, exploring plant life, hanging out with dogs and friends, reading, cooking.