Biography: Tara Lynn Ramsey

Tara-Lynn-RamseyViolinist Tara Lynn Ramsey is committed to revitalizing audiences’ experiences with classical music through performances of the highest calibre, exploration of less conventional concert formats, educational outreach, and the direct engagement of musicians with their listeners and the broader communities in which they live and work. She holds degrees from Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music summa cum laude) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (Master of Music). Originally from Cedar Falls, IA, she now makes her home in Cleveland as a freelance violinist and violin teacher.

As a student in Chicago, Tara Lynn began collaborating with musicians who specialize in genres outside of the “classical” world, taking her performances out of the concert hall to restaurants, museums, schools, and community centers. She has continued this work in Cleveland, frequently performing at the Happy Dog and other bars through Classical Revolution Cleveland; playing concerts at public libraries, the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, and other institutions; and participating in outreach presentations for students. In 2013 she joined Ars Futura, a Cleveland-based ensemble dedicated to nurturing the evolution of music through collaboration with living composers and educational outreach. She is also a member of the Purple Line Trio (violin-horn-piano) and performs as a substitute musician with orchestras throughout Northeast Ohio and with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. A member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Tara Lynn teaches privately at several locations throughout the Cleveland area.

Tara Lynn’s musical honors include second prize at the 2013 Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition in Cleveland, OH, and numerous scholarship awards, including the Louise E. Heim scholarship at Northwestern. She has served as concertmaster of the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and a number of festival orchestras. She began studying the violin at the age of three at the UNI Suzuki School, later completing high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and has spent summers as a full scholarship student at the Meadowmount School of Music, as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Her teachers include Blair Milton, David Updegraff, Gerardo Ribeiro, and Fred Halgedahl.