Violinist Tara Lynn Ramsey is passionate about new music, old music, and building community through the arts. Originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, she holds degrees from Northwestern University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is currently a Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
From 2013-2015, Ms. Ramsey was a violinist in several Cleveland-based contemporary music ensembles and taught violin and music theory privately and at the Cleveland Music Settlement. She premiered works throughout the U.S., coaching with composers Keith Fitch, Jeffrey Mumford, Margaret Brouwer, Victoria Bond, Robert Paterson, and David T. Little. She was a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and, in two residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute with the Purple Line Trio (with whom she was a finalist in the 2014 Arriaga Competition), recorded the horn trios of Brahms, Ligeti, and Harbison. During the 2015-16 season, she was a co-concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra and violinist of the Civic String Quartet. She performed at the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival (summers 2015 and 2016); played on the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW series; performed at the Universities of South Dakota, Iowa, and Northern Iowa; and performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center Honors. She was also violist of the Laydeez Quartet, winners of the 2016 Dover Quartet Competition at Northwestern University.
Ms. Ramsey studied with Blair Milton and David Updegraff. She has performed in master classes given by the Guarneri Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Joseph Silverstein, Miriam Fried, Paul Kantor, Ilya Kaler, and William Preucil.