Director of Choral Studies, University of North Florida
Dr. Cara Tasher has served as Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville since 2006 where she oversees the choral program, conducts the Chamber Singers and Chorale, teaches the conducting curriculum, and mentors future choral conductors in the BM, BME and MM programs.
Proficient in several languages, Tasher’s concerts, workshops, and guest performing engagements as both a singer and a conductor have brought her to over twenty countries for concerts, recitals, master classes and workshops. She has garnered experience as singer, chorus master and/or conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Conspirare, Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, Mexico City’s Opera de Bellas Artes, Trinity Choir-Wall Street, Xavier University, and Young People’s Chorus of New York City. She has prepared choruses for Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and most recently, Josh Groban. Cara has performed international recitals, and as a choral singer has recorded with conductors Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Robert Shaw, and Sir Georg Solti.
She studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Texas at Austin, La Sorbonne de Paris, and Northwestern University where she received several honors and awards.
Dr. Tasher is active within the national and global community through the American Choral Directors Association, International Federation of Choral Music, National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Collegiate Choral Organization. She received the 2010 University Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, co-presented at the 2014 World Symposium of Choral Music, and was awarded the University of North Florida Outstanding International Leadership Award in 2016.