Violinist Tara Lynn Ramsey is passionate about new music, old music, and the direct engagement of musicians with their listeners and the broader communities in which they live and work. Originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, she holds degrees from Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music summa cum laude) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (Master of Music). She now lives in Chicago, where she is a member of the Civic Orchestra and teaches violin and viola at Triton College.
Following the completion of her master’s degree in 2013, Ms. Ramsey spent two years based in Cleveland, performing with a number of contemporary music ensembles and teaching a large studio of young violinists. As violinist with Ars Futura Ensemble, she performed music of northeast Ohio-based composers Keith Fitch, Jeffrey Mumford, Jeremy Allen, and dozens of student composers as well as composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Joan Tower, Mario Davidovsky, David Lang, John Harbison, and Lou Harrison. With composer Margaret Brouwer’s Blue Streak Ensemble, she performed throughout northeast Ohio and in New York City and was coached by composers Victoria Bond, Robert Paterson, and David T. Little, in addition to performing many works by Brouwer. She premiered a work by Peter Kramer at the inaugural concert of Cleveland-based Syndicate for the New Arts and performed music ranging from Steve Reich’s Clapping Music to Christian Wolff’s Digger Song with UNION ensemble. During this period, she was also a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival and, in two residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, recorded the horn trios of Brahms, Ligeti, and Harbison with the Purple Line Trio, with whom she was a finalist at the 2014 Arriaga Competition. She was featured in live broadcasts on 104.9 WCLV, Cleveland’s classical music station, and 90.1 WCPN, Cleveland’s public radio station. A committed pedagogue, she was a member of the Suzuki faculty at the Cleveland Music Settlement, where she taught violin and music theory, in addition to maintaining a studio at Skyline Music in Westlake, OH, and teaching privately. She has performed in master classes given by eighth blackbird, the Guarneri String Quartet, and violinist Joseph Silverstein, and studied with Blair Milton, David Updegraff, and Gerardo Ribeiro, in addition to coaching with members of the Cleveland, Boston Symphony, and Chicago Lyric Opera orchestras and the Cleveland, Vermeer, and Juilliard string quartets.