Tara Meade, adjunct professor of flute, joins the faculty of the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in 2017. Additionally, Ms. Meade is adjunct professor of flute at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She has taught privately since 2003, was an adjunct professor in Music Education at the University of Northern Iowa in 2015, and began her teaching career as an elementary and middle school band director in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Tara holds a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she served as a graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Angeleita Floyd. She won second place in the UNI Concerto Competition and was a featured soloist with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra while on tour in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. Following graduation, Tara won UNI's Outstanding Creative Master's Thesis Award.
Tara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Luther College, where she studied music education and flute with Dr. Carol Hester. While at Luther, she toured extensively with the band and orchestra to 14 states and overseas, including performances in Tokyo, Beijing, and Vienna. She was a semi-finalist in the Luther College Concerto Competition and performed Griffes’ Poem as a tour soloist with the Luther College Concert Band. Tara was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Award for Excellence in Music.
Principal flutist in the Oskaloosa Symphony from 2009–2014, Meade enjoys presenting works in a variety of genres in solo recitals and ensembles, and was twice named a winner of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band competition. Ms. Meade has been an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor at the University of Northern Iowa, Luther College, and numerous high schools in Iowa. She has performed in masterclasses with William Bennett, Amy Porter, Gergely Ittzés, Jill Felber, Claudia Anderson, and Alexa Still. Ms. Meade is a member of the National Flute Association and the Upper Midwest Flute Association.