Tara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone spanning every musical era. Her honors include winning an Avery Fisher Career Grant, receiving two Grammy Award nominations, and serving as a longtime Wm. S. Haynes Flute Artist. In 2020, she was named co-artistic director of Music from Angel Fire with her husband, violinist Daniel Phillips.
A highly sought-after chamber musician and soloist, Ms. O’Connor is a season artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a regular performer at numerous festivals, including Music@Menlo; Music from Angel Fire; Chamber Music Northwest; Mainly Mozart; Chesapeake Music; Summer Music at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Great Mountains Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
Ms. O’Connor is a founding member of the Naumburg Award–winning New Millennium Ensemble, and she’s a member of both the woodwind quintet Windscape and the legendary Bach Aria Group. She’s premiered hundreds of new works, and she’s collaborated with the Orion, St. Lawrence, and Emerson string quartets. Ms. O’Connor has appeared on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts and PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, and she’s made recordings for the labels Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Koch International, CMS Studio Recordings (with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center), and Bridge Records.
In addition to performing, Ms. O’Connor serves as an associate professor of flute, the head of the wind department, and the coordinator of classical music studies at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. She’s also on the faculties of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music, and she’s a visiting artist, teacher, and coach at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.