© Amelia Alpaugh 2012
Tara creates and performs theatrical music and music(al) theater
With soulful, funny, curious artists
For unsuspecting audiences
crack open minds and hearts
challenge perceptions of reality
reveal the strange humanity beneath
the short story
Iranian-American performing artist Tara Khozein is a classical singer, actor, teacher, and theater-maker. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in vocal performance from NMSU in Las Cruces, NM; an Artist Diploma in physical theatre from École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France; and has studied singing privately since the age of 14. She resides in Santa Fe where she works with individual artists including Apollo Garcia, Rhonda Taylor, and Emmaly Wiederholt, and organizations including Theater Grottesco, q-Staff Theatre, Meow Wolf, and Strangers Collective.
Tara began her study of trumpet at age ten at Acequia Madre Elementary School, and her vocal studies at age thirteen with soprano Maralin Niska Mullen. She appeared regularly in musicals, plays, and jazz venues throughout her adolescence, and went on to complete her bachelor's of music in classical vocal performance at New Mexico State University. During her undergraduate career, she studied with Martha Rowe and Andrew Zimmerman; appeared in Doña Ana Lyric Opera’s productions of L'elisir d'amore as Adina and in Le nozze di Figaro as Cherubino; established an early music consort called The Medieval Knievals; and was introduced to new and experimental classical music by saxophone and theory professor Rhonda Taylor.
After her graduation in 2010, Tara began to pursue the study of new music and foreign languages, which brought her to New Music on the Point summer festival in 2011 and 2012, and to Düsseldorf, Germany for the intensive study of German in the fall of 2011. While in Europe, she visited École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France and decided to apply to the school for the coming academic year. She was admitted to the two-year artist diploma program and moved to Paris in the autumn of 2012 to attend the school. At Lecoq, Tara studied applied movement, improvisation, acrobatics, and collaborative "devised" creation in styles including mime, melodrama, full and half-mask, tragedy, buffoon, and clown. She also became interested in the vocalese style of jazz singing and made her living as a singer in clubs, bars, and restaurants around the Paris. She also established a vocal studio of over 30 students.
In 2014 Tara graduated from Lecoq and returned to Santa Fe to continue her study of classical singing. She now works and performs with local arts organizations including Theater Grottesco, Meow Wolf, and Strangers Collective. She also teaches singing.
recordings & masterclasses
In 2010, at age 20, she sang the world premiere recording of Michael Staehle-Laburda's song cycle Memorial Music, for soprano and chamber orchestra and in 2011 was featured on an album of Persian folk songs arranged by her uncle, Farzad Khozein. She sang the premier recording of art songs for soprano and piano by Danielle Williams and Travis Alford at New Music on the Point in 2011 and 2012; performed works by George Aperghis and John Cage at Meisterkurs für Stimmkunst und neues Musiktheater in Stuttgart, Germany; and sang the premier recordings of John Ivers and Youngmi Cho at soundSCAPE festival in 2015. The next year at soundSCAPE, she was featured alongside Tony Arnold and Peter Tansits in a performance of Comala, a cantata by Ricard Zohn-Muldoon. Tara has performed in masterclasses and coached with Tony Arnold, Jennifer Larmore, Paul Sperry, Jennifer Beattie, Clifton Ware, Alex Richardson, Angelica Luz, Susan Maclean, and Frank Wörner.