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Tara Hagle



Instrument: Violin



New England Conservatory, Boston





Tara Hagle is a violinist from the Chicago area. Currently she is in Boston, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance at the New England Conservatory with Ayano Ninomiya. 
Tara’s love for music blossomed at the Merit School of Music, where she studied with Erica Carpenedo. She then spent her high school years as a merit scholarship fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy Program as a student of Almita Vamos and Davis King. 
At the Academy, Tara was able to cultivate her burgeoning passion for chamber music. As a violinist in the Omaggio String Quartet, she was a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Competition in both 2021 and 2022 and had multiple successes with the same group in the St. Paul National String Quartet Competition, winning the silver medal at the 2022 competition, and the bronze medal and audience prize at the 2021 competition. The Omaggio String Quartet also took home local accolades, winning top prizes in the Barnett Chamber Music Competition and the Chicago National Chamber Music Competition. Above all, the possibilities for communion with other members of the group and with audiences made chamber music a particularly attractive pursuit for her.
Tara has had many opportunities to perform and engage with the communities around her, whether that be schools, libraries, or senior living centers. Along with her quartet, she has been an ensemble fellow for the NEC Community Partnerships and Performance program for the past two years, tailoring and and presenting a program to a variety of audiences in community spaces around Boston. 
As a performer, Tara has appeared numerous times on the Chicago area classical radio station, WFMT, as both a chamber musician and soloist, and on the Fran Randall concert series in Evanston, Illinois. In past summers, she has performed at the Bowdoin Festival, the Academy of Domaine Forget de Charlevoix, and the Bendada Music Festival in Portugal. She has also been invited to participate in masterclasses with Vadim Gluzman, Rachel Barton Pine, Robert Chen, and Ani Kavafian, among others. 
Tara is particularly interested in highlighting new music and underplayed works, and aims to continue to play the works of emerging composers—especially those of her colleagues and friends, and also to bring lesser-known works to new ears using creative programming. 
In her free time, she loves to read, especially nonfiction and poetry, draw pictures of wildlife, and is currently working towards running her first half marathon. 





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