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Soprano and Guitar
Tara began her career as an opera singer. She garnered much success in her operatic endeavors, performing throughout the United States and internationally in roles such as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking and Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore. By the age of 21, she was the youngest finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. During graduate school, Tara’s passion for the classical guitar sparked a shift in her musical career. She realized that her true passion lay in the under-recognized genre of art songs with classical guitar accompaniment. Tara has received scholarships from the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Society of Singers, Phi-Beta, Palisades Symphony and Westside Junior Philharmonic. She has released two albums for soprano and classical guitar, Love Songs & Lullabies from Spain and South America and L’Arte dell’Amore, a collection of rare 19th Century Italian songs. She has also recorded several videos for Guitar Salon International. Tara is sponsored as an official artist of Savarez Strings. Most recently, Tara performed a solo recital at the Guitar Foundation of America International Convention. She studies classical guitar with Scott Morris and Matt Greif.
Department of Music Chair/Supervisor of Guitar Studies, CSUDH
Scott Morris gave his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 1998. He has since appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. He has performed and recorded with artists like Julian Coryell, Jeff Young (formerly of Megadeth), Steve Perry (formerly of Journey), and the Grammy-winning™ guitarist/composer Andrew York. His latest recording for AIX Records is called Phonology: the Music of Erik Satie for Guitar, which includes performances with Andrew York (guitar) on historically important French guitars supplied by Guitar Salon International. He is also the author of the popular Classical Guitar Complete: from Basics to Bach guitar method books. His website is www.scottmorris.net.
Instructor of Classical Guitar, CSUDH
An Eroica Classical Recording Artist, David has performed throughout the U.S. and Greece as a soloist, a chamber musician, and with guitar orchestras. David has released 5 CDs and has been featured on radio stations across the U.S. The American Record Guide’s Ken Keaton wrote “Isaacs plays with sensitivity and technical finish and is more emotionally committed to the music and its images than many far more famous players.” He helped establish and operate the Long Beach Classical Guitar Society, the Long Beach Classical Guitar Academy, and the Southern California Classical Guitar Summer Workshop for over seven years. David earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in classical guitar performance at California State University, Fullerton under the tutelage of David Grimes.
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