Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Assistant Professor of Flute


  • D.M.A. in Flute Performance with Supporting Area in Ethnomusicology, University of Oregon
  • M.F.A. in Multi-Focus Flute Performance, California Institute of the Arts
  • B.M. in Flute Performance, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Teaching Specialties

  • Applied Flute
  • Flute Pedagogy
  • Chamber Music

Research Interests

  • Flute Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature
  • Microtonal Techniques for Flute
  • New Music for Flute and Guitar
  • Historically Informed Performance Practice and Rhetoric in Music


  • College Music Society
  • National Flute Association


Flutist Tara Schwab is Assistant Professor of Music at Arkansas State University. An active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad, Tara has earned praise as “a true technician of the flute” (Acoustica Americana), and her playing has been described as “splendid, accomplished, and totally committed—performance of the highest level,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran. Prior to joining the faculty at A-State, Dr. Schwab was Assistant Professor of Flute and Music Literature at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

Tara has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Eugene Symphony, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Corvallis Symphony, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Duke New Music Ensemble [DNME], and What’s Next? Ensemble. She has performed in such notable venues as REDCAT, Capitol Records, Paramount Studios, The Wild Beast @ CalArts, Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center, and Newman Hall in Los Angeles, as well as the Hult Center in Eugene, Oregon, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tara has been a featured artist at CalArts, Chapman Conservatory, the University of Southern California, Loyola University Chicago, Harper College, Elmhurst College, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Duke University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Interlochen, and UW-Stevens Point. She has also performed on KPFK’s Global Village with John Schneider, which airs on 90.7FM in Los Angeles, as well as on Live from Studio A with host Tim Burke, which airs on 88.7FM, Interlochen Public Radio.

Schwab is co-founder of Duo Amantis, with internationally-acclaimed guitarist Michael Kudirka. Actively involved in commissioning, editing, arranging, performing, and recording new works for flute and guitar, the duo has recently performed at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego and the Cranbrook Music Guild, and has upcoming recordings being released on MicroFest Records and Les Éditions Doberman-Yppan. Tara’s research in historical performance practice earned her the 2014 Fritz Thelen Recognition Award from the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Wind Music (IGEB), for her dissertation, A Flute Player’s Handbook for the Development of a Rhetorical Approach to W.A. Mozart’s Concerto in G Major, K. 313. Her primary teachers include Brooks de Wetter-Smith, Molly Barth, and Rachel Rudich, and she has also studied with Jim Walker, Wissam Boustany, Tadeu Coelho, Alexa Still, Fay Roberts, Nestor Torres, Kim Pineda, and Linda Pereksta.

Tara Schwab

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3760


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 234