Tara Sievers-Hunt is a professional singer, vocal pedagogue, educational psychologist, and librettist. Currently, she is an assistant professor and chair of the Music Department at Marygrove College, where she has been heading development of a new genre-diverse music curriculum inspired by the College's urban leadership mission.
She received her degrees in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory and Oakland University, and is currently completing her PhD in educational psychology with a dissertation examining curriculum theory through the lens of the performing arts.
Additional curriculum-based work includes serving as chair for the Marygrove Curriculum Review committee, as well as a performing arts curriculum consultant for the KEI (Knowledge Exchange Institute) Study Abroad Program.
An active performer, Professor Sievers-Hunt performs recital, chamber, and concert works around the Metro-Detroit and Windsor areas. She has particular interest in developing collaborative presentations with scholars and artists in other disciplines (e.g., Tell Me Who I Am, which pairs a spiritual discussion of self-identity with Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915"). She is also a librettist for staged musical works including: Pat & Emilia: A mixed-media chamber opera (with Canadian artists, Marty Gervais and Jeff Smallman), Cinderella through the Kaleidoscope, and Saturdays on the Seine (with Chicago cabaret artist, Claudia Hommel).
Following the completion of her dissertation in 2018, Ms. Sievers-Hunt will finish work on two new stage pieces—Emily Carr: A one woman show for 5 player-artists based on the journals and artistic works of the Canadian painter; and a genre-diverse reimagining of Purcell's 17th century opera, Dido and Aeneas.