A Michigan native, Ms. Hanish called Cleveland, OH home for over a decade before moving to New York City in 2015. She received her B.M. degree in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan, M.M. from the University of Miami, and Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her principal instructors include Richard Aaron, Ross Harbaugh, Anthony Elliott and Louis Potter. Ms. Hanish is a registered Suzuki teacher, and received teacher training with Tanya Carey, Barbara Wampner, and Pamela Devenport through the School for Strings.
As a freelance musician, Ms. Hanish performs frequently for theater, chamber ensembles, orchestras and new music groups around NYC. While in Cleveland, Ms. Hanish spent a decade as Assistant Principal for the Akron Symphony, and freelanced with orchestras around the Northeast Ohio region. As a soloist, she performed the Boccherini Bb Cello Concerto in 2014 and the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Andréa Belding Elson in 2013. Ms. Hanish was also a founding member of the Azalea String Quartet, which received high accolades as finalists at the Hugo Kauder and JC Arriaga International Competitions in 2010.
Equally versed in the non-classical scene, Tara plays cello for the Cleveland-based rock band Seafair and the NYC-based alternative cello duo, The Whiskey Girls. As a back-up musician, Tara has performed with notable artists like The Foo Fighters, Michael Bublé, Kanye West, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2008, she performed at the Grammy Awards with the Foo Fighters as a You Tube My Grammy Moment winner.
A passionate educator, Ms. Hanish works with students of all ages and levels through an individually tailored blend of Suzuki and traditional methods. In addition to Suzuki on the Island, Ms. Hanish is on the faculty at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies at Queens College, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the JCC Thurnauer School in Tenafly, NJ. She is happy to be returning to The Artists Program Summer Chamber Music Festival for her 2nd year!