Faculty Profiles

Tara Helen O'Connor


Tara Helen O'Connor Tara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone in music of every era. A current artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tara is also a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape, the Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, Talea Ensemble and is the flute soloist of the world renowned Bach Aria Group. Tara performs regularly with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest and Music from Angel Fire. A 2001 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and two time Grammy nominee, Tara has appeared on A&E’s Breakfast for the Arts and Live from Lincoln Center. She has recorded for Deutsche Gramophon, EMI Classics, Koch International and Bridge Records. Tara recently made her Mainly Mozart debut in a concerto with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra under David Atherton. She has collaborated with the Orion String Quartet, the Saint Lawrence Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, Ida Kavavian, Jaime Laredo, Peter Serkin, Arnold Steinhardt, David Shifrin, Ransom Wilson, Paula Robison and Eliot Fisk. In addition to teaching at the Bard Conservatory, Tara is professor of flute at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Music Program, and teaches summer master classes at the Banff Centre in Canada. An avid photographer, she has photo credits in Time Out, Strad and Chamber Music America magazines. Tara lives with her violinist husband Daniel Phillips on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.