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Tara Villa Keith


D.M.A. University of South Carolina 
M.M. Pennsylvania State University 
B.A. Franklin and Marshall College


I am in my fourteenth season as music director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and in my eighth season with the Lee County Community Orchestra in Sanford, North Carolina. I have also served recently as a cover conductor and pre-concert speaker for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and as music director and accompanist for the Davidson Community Players.

 In the U.S. I have served as a guest conductor and assistant conductor for several orchestras throughout the east, including the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra (Ark.), Union Symphony Orchestra (N.C.), Macon Symphony Orchestra (Ga.), Opera at USC (S.C.), Atlantic Music Festival Chamber Ensembles (Maine), Capitol Opera Harrisburg (Pa.), and Lancaster Opera Company (Pa.). 

As a competition winner, guest conductor, grant recipient, and workshop participant, I have worked abroad with the Campos do Jordão Winter Music Festival (Brazil), the Brandenburger Symphoniker (Germany), Das Kritische Orchester (Germany), the New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), the Vidin State Philharmonic (Bulgaria), and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic (Czech Republic).

For a professional biography, list of upcoming engagements, and videos, please visit my website.


MUS 003 Keyboard Proficiency 
MUS 012 Davidson College Symphony Orchestra
MUS 110 Exploring Music
MUS 121 Introduction to Music in Western Civilization
MUS 212 Introduction to Conducting
MUS 221 Studies of Styles & Composers: Percussion & the World
MUS 225 Impressionism
MUS 222 Opera - Mozart to Debussy
MUS 227 History of the Orchestra
MUS 401 Senior Seminar: 19th and 20th Century Scandinavian Music