recent projects

Tara is composing a short opera about the media and Donald Trump which will be performed at a future date by Contemporary Opera of Marin, directed by Paul Smith.

Tara's piece for student string orchestra the wind plays... and the fire dances  premiered in 2018 at the College of Marin.  She is currently working a collection of small pieces for young string players. 



No Favorites! ROVA: OrkestRova    ROVA and the 2015 version of OrkestRova recorded a CD's worth of music at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley on July 1, two days after a fantastic concert in San Francisco [at the SF Jazz Center.]  OrkestRova 2015 - a power trio, string quartet, and ROVA, all playing together - recorded three long pieces, dedicating the CD to Butch Morris; a shout-out to the spirit of his life's work in conduction; his term for the combination of conducting, cueing, and improvisation. All three extended compositions include formal structures devised by ROVA members, as well as various kinds of improvisation; visual cues influence the sounds and the art of the music.  Special thanks to Gino Robair for conducting "Nothing Stopped/But a Future." And thanks to all the guest musicians: Christina Stanley, Tara Flandreau, Alex Kelly, Scott Walton, Jason Hoopes, Jordan Glenn, and John Shiurba. Played with great spirit! ROVA members of course delivered both in the playing and in the composing. 
New World Records #80782, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

On Procedural Grounds.  Kyle Bruckmann, composer, performers from sfSound: Kyle Bruckmann, oboe, Matt Ingalls, bass clarinet, John Ingle, alto saxophone, Gino Robair, prepared piano, Benjamin Kreith, violin, Tara Flandreau, viola, Monica Scott, cello, Kjell Nordesen, percussion, with electronics; also with Wrack, Rova Saxophone Quartet, and Tim Perkis. 
New World Records #80725-2, Brooklyn, NY, 2012


The King's Waltz.  Daniel Carter (trumpet, tenor and alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Ty Cumbie (electric and acoustic guitars); Tara Flandreau (viola); Christopher Hoffman (cello); Adam Lane (acoustic bass)
Konnex Records, Berlin, Germany, 2007


The Branch Will Not Break.  Carrie Shull, oboe and English horn, Tara Flandreau, viola and Reuben Radding, bass.
Shull/Flandreau/Radding Trio, Umbrella Records #030, Chapel Hill, NC, 2005


Shuffleplay: Elegies for the recording angel.   Music of John Schott. Ensemble Diglossia. New World Records #80548-2, NY, 2000


Marco Eneidi & the American Jungle Orchestra.   Botticelli Records #1012, 1999


Marco Eneidi/Glenn Spearman Creative Music Orchestra.   Music and Arts Programs of America, Inc. #980, 1997




Understanding Musical Notation – a basic music theory text covering note reading, scales and keys, intervals, meter and rhythm, chords and more with accompanying exercises. 131 pages.




the wind plays, and the fire dances for string orchestra (violin 1, 2, viola, cello bass) A pieve about the California wildfires.  Premiered May 2018

Broken Jukebox: a short opera about Grimes Poznikov for soprano, baritone, chorus, string quintet, trumpet and piano. 

A contemporary folk opera. Premiered January 2008 at College of Marin.


Conundrum  for piano four hands – premiered October 2005 at Washington Composers Forum concert at the Seattle Art Museum. A study in resonances.


Insurgency for piano four hands – premiered October 2005 at Washington Composers Forum concert at the Seattle Art Museum. A study in resonances.


Duo for Violin & Viola


Duo for Viola and Cello   single movement. March 2007.


Metamorphosis  for soprano soloist, chorus and orchestra on a text by Ovid, 2000

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