Tara Sievers-Hunt
Assistant Professor of Music

About Me

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.

  • Office: MC 251
  • Phone: (313) 927-1312
  • Email: TSievers7525@marygrove.edu
Tara  Sievers-Hunt Faculty Bio

Areas of Interest

  • Life curriculum and the role of formal and informal educational experiences

  • Contemporary commercial vocal pedagogy

  • Development of identity and agency in performing arts settings

Research Projects

  • Musicianship as leadership, community and self-expression

  • Development of genre-diverse college music curriculum centered in currere, experiential learning, and constructivist approaches

  • Bringing the stories of women to life through the creation of staged bio-fictional works

Publications

  • "Presentations: Challenging Scholastic Folklore in an Urban Music Department Through Currere." Currere Exchange Conference, Miami University, Oxford, OH. 2017.

  • "Music: A Universal Language with No Common Tongue." 18th Annual Dr. Chaepyong (JP) Song Academic Symposium, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI. 2017.

  • "Weird and Shiny: Finding Identity and Belonging in a Musical Community." 11th International Dabrowski Congress, University of Calgary, Canada. 2014.

Education

  • BM, Voice Performance & Music Education, Oberlin College Conservatory

  • MM, Voice Performance, Oakland University

  • Ph.D., Music Education (forthcoming with a cognate in choral conducting), Oakland University

Teaching

  • MUS 103: Professional Musicianship I

  • MUS 236: Text & Song

  • MUS 336: Advanced Lyric Diction

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