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Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin

Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin
Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin

Boston-based violinist Tara Lynn Ramsey enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader, and teacher. She performs as violinist and violist of Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente. Recent concert highlights include leading the New World Symphony as concertmaster at Carnegie Hall, playing chamber music at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Noon to Midnight” festival, and performing at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and Ravinia with Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights.

Much of Tara Lynn’s work outside the concert hall centers on guiding people as they explore their creativity and tell their stories through the arts. During her recent fellowship with the Miami Beach-based New World Symphony, she and a colleague started a music program at a local juvenile justice organization, meeting with court-involved youth once a week to play music and write songs together. Other projects include a collaboration between the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and Purpose Over Pain, a group of mothers who lost children to gun violence. Over a period of months, musicians and family members wrote songs in memory of those lost and performed them around the city at peace rallies and community concerts. Tara Lynn performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at his 2017 Concert for Peace in Chicago and has spoken about community involvement through the arts with groups ranging from high school students to the League of American Orchestras.

Originally from Cedar Falls, IA, Tara Lynn studied as a child at the University of Northern Iowa Suzuki School and with Fred Halgedahl. She holds degrees from Northwestern University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where her primary teachers were Blair Milton and David Updegraff.