Vibrant soprano Tara Priolo leads a diverse career teaching and performing with passionate tenacity and bold creativity. She finds herself at home in both the choral and chamber communities lending her hand as a section leader, administrator, and soloist. As an educator she shares her propensity for enlivening students’ confidence paired with her strong interest in vocal pedagogy. Frequently requested as a guest soloist by smaller organizations and colleagues, Tara enjoys performing a variety of new compositions as well as the classics. Based in Minneapolis, MN Tara engages audiences and students alike with dynamic, thought-provoking, and unique performances and lessons.
As a soloist, Tara generously shares her voice to many different causes, lined up for the 2019-2020 season Tara will appear with Opera on Tap, Thursday Musical, on a benefit recital at St. John’s Episcopal, and other projects. In Spring 2019 Tara began creating a series, BYTE, focusing on musical community and new collaborations, which enjoyed it’s first gathering in June 2019. At the first performance she performed ‘What justice looks like’ by Eve Beglarian, which has rapidly become an essential piece in her repertoire. Like the afore mentioned piece, Ricky Ian Gordon’s cycle Genius Child has been a large part of Tara’s repertoire since her undergraduate degree, in 2020 she will perform the majority of the work on Thursday Musical Artist Series Concert ‘I Dreamed a Dream.’ Additionally, she is a frequent soloist with Exultate Chamber Choir for their Christmas Festival Concerts, the greatest highlight being a soloist for the organization’s 2017 performance of Mendelssohn’s Magnificat. She has pioneered her own performing opportunities as a co-founder and soprano of drip project, premiering three new compositions in their two tours over 2017 and 2018. Tara has also presents solo recitals like ‘To Be Somebody’ in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Clara Byom.
Operatically, Tara is still on the journey of finding the right aria package, but is eagerly discovering and harnessing her own power. With Opera on Tap, she contributes an aria or art song at almost every performance, highlights from the 2018-2019 season include: recording ‘The New Colossus’ by Lauren Bernofsky and reaching the semi-finals of Diva/Divo competition. Previously, she has appeared on stage at University of Minnesota-Duluth in their productions of Street Scene as Charlie, Bedtime Stories (scenes program) as Laetitia (Menotti), and Opera Fatale (scenes program) as Eurydice (Offenbach). At Luther College, Tara participated in the chorus of their full stage production of Cosi fan Tutte and sang the role of Jenny Diver in the Beggar’s Opera.
Over the last three years Tara has built affiliations with Vox Nova Chorale, Exultate Chamber Choir and Orchestra, and Gregorian Singers, singing alto. This season she is excited to add Minnesota Chorale to her schedule. Tara is a strong ensemble member and serves as Exultate’s Alto Section leader as well as being a welcoming community member for the other choirs. In addition to these ensembles, Tara immediately began building a studio of voice students. Presently, she maintains a position as the lead voice teacher at Spark School of Music, in addition to growing her private studio, Tara Priolo Music Studio, where she teaches a strong contingent of voice students ages 8-78 and several beginner piano students. Nick Tucker, owner of Spark School of Music describes Tara and her teaching thusly; “she cares deeply about each student, meets them where they are at, and builds confidence in ways we could all benefit from.” For Tara, the greatest joy in teaching is found when students find themselves through the music. Her students are frequent performers at their local high schools, children’s theater organizations, and with Alive and Kickin’.
Coupled with teaching and performing, Tara is also honored to serve as VP II Artist Series with Thursday Musical. In this position she curates and organizes each of the thirteen Artist Series performances at Macphail School of Music. She is also Co-Manager for Opera on Tap-Twin Cities, often making and distributing the programs, planning themes, and welcoming guests to the performances. As a consistent social media marketer, Tara provides her skill set to Modern Singer Magazine as a Content Creator. Tara successfully juggles all of the obligations above in addition to raising two dogs, Millie and Moose, with her husband Ross. She is proud to hold a MM in Vocal Performance from University of Minnesota – Duluth (2015) and a BA in Vocal Performance with minors in Classical Studies and Mathematics from Luther College (2013). Currently, she studies with mezzo-soprano Victoria Vargas and coach Eric McEnaney.