Tamara was raised near Rochester, NY where she enjoyed the musical influence of her parents and the Hochstein and Eastman Schools of Music. After completing degrees at Ithaca College and Arizona State University she successfully auditioned for the Arizona Opera Orchestra, where she plays with the passionate and hardworking musicians of Phoenix and Tucson. Tamara also regularly travels to perform with the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado.
Tamara is a classically trained violinist who plays Irish fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass and jazz. She has played numerous weddings and special events. Tamara has played with the world music ensemble Pangean Orchestra, The Charlie Mitchell Group jazz quartet, indie band The Beaumonts, and Irish bands Trotter's Wake and The Dungarees. She has performed at the Henry Mancini Institute in L.A., in cathedrals of France and Ireland, as well as in Graz, Austria with the AIMS Festival Orchestra.
This past fall Tamara performed in a benefit concert for Moab's Beacon String Orchestra, at the Moab Folk Festival's Local Showcase, and worked closely with Scott Ibex on a new album. She also recorded accompaniment for Joan Shapiro's poem 'Apocolypse' and occasionally improvises with musicians of Moab Grassroots Music Exchange. This winter she also enjoyed performing Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker with the San Juan Symphony and Bizet's opera Carmen with Arizona Opera.
Tamara lives in Moab, Utah where she conducts the string orchestra and is a part time administrator for the beginning strings classes of B.E.A.C.O.N after school program. She teaches private lessons to students of all ages. Tamara is amazed by the diverse group of musicians in the Moab area and is inspired by their creative collaborations. She is ever grateful for the education she has received in academic settings and summer festivals, as well as the inspiring people she continues to meet along her musical journey.