We are excited to announce that Tara Tresner-Kirsch is our new music director! Tara has been singing and instigating group singing since she was a tiny child. She experiences the transformative power of music-making in her daily life and believes that we all have the capacity to make our own life-sustaining music through song.
Tara is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist (piano, cello, and organ) who discovered her passion for choral direction through her work at Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church where she has been Music Director since 2013. In addition to this work, Tara currently teaches private instrumental lessons and is a founding member of the band Sunken City, which plays a wide range of music including jazz, tango, rock, blues etc. In the past, Tara has also led and taught musicians in Needham and Watertown Public Schools and at First Church Somerville.
In 2014 she completed the intensive Community Choir Leadership Training (CCLT) of the Ubuntu Choirs Network. Through this experience, Tara was immersed in many methods of teaching, but most especially in the oral tradition. She also found a new call to focus on the experience of rehearsal and singing together for their own sake in addition to the final product.
When Tara is not making music, she loves to try different styles of dance (currently it’s tap), climb indoor rock walls, and grow food and flowers in her gardens.