Tara Meade is adjunct professor of flute at Luther College, is on the faculty at the UNI (University of Northern Iowa) Community Music School, and maintains a private flute studio in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She served as band director in the Oskaloosa Community Schools from 2009–2011. Her students have received numerous honors including acceptance into All-State, SEIBA and NEIBA Honor Bands and IBA All-Iowa 8th grade Honor Band.
Meade holds a master’s degree in Flute Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, where she was a graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Angeleita Floyd. She won second place in the 2013 UNI Concerto Competition and was a featured soloist with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra while on tour in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. Following graduation, she won UNI's Outstanding Creative Master's Thesis Award.
Meade earned a Bachelor of Arts, 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 (2006) and performed Griffes’ Poem as a tour soloist with the Luther College Concert Band. Meade was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Award for Excellence in Music at Luther College and has twice been named to the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Meade held the principal flute position in the Oskaloosa Symphony from 2009–14 and performs as a substitute with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band and Dubuque Symphony. She was a winner of the 2015 NFA Jazz Flute Big Band competition and has been an invited member of flute choirs at the Iowa Bandmasters Association and the National Flute Association conventions. Meade has played in masterclasses with Amy Porter, Gergely Ittzés, Jill Felber, Claudia Anderson, and Alexa Still.