Faculty Artist Series: Tara Meade

Tara Meade, adjunct professor of music at Luther College, will perform a faculty flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in Noble Recital Hall of Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus. This event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program will include Bach's Sonata in E major for flute and basso continuo, Pierre Sancan's "Sonatine," "East Wind," by Shulamit Ran and Grande Fantaisie on themes from the opera "Mignon" by Paul Taffanel.

Collaborating with Meade on the performance are music faculty Kathy Reed, harpsichord; Philip Borter, cello; and Nicholas Shaneyfelt, piano.

Meade holds a master's degree in flute performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she served as a graduate teaching assistant to Angeleita Floyd, professor of flute. She earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, from Luther, where she studied music education and flute with Carol Hester, professor of flute.

In addition to teaching at Luther, Meade maintains a private flute studio in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She performs as a flute substitute with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band and the Dubuque Symphony. A recent winner of the National Flute Association Jazz Flute Big Band competition, Meade is the business director at Winzer Press, a publisher of flute books and pedagogical materials.

From 2009-14, Meade held the principal flute position in the Oskaloosa Symphony. She served as a band director in the Oskaloosa Community Schools from 2009-11.

Her international repertoire includes touring as a student with Luther ensembles to Tokyo, Beijing and Vienna, and in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, as a featured soloist with the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with six choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and nearly 1,000 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons, and master classes. More than 275 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.