Tara Hanish

Cellist;

About

Tara is a cellist and educator based in upstate NY and the NYC area. Classically trained, her versatility across multiple genres has led her cello career through a varied landscape of musical experiences; from orchestral and traditional chamber music to theater and new music chamber groups and bands, to supporting artists like Foo Fighters and Kanye West to writing and recording string arrangements for all kinds of musical projects. She is ever-interested in blending tradition and innovation and focusing on communication, connection and healing across all platforms of the arts.

Tara performs regularly with post-rock instrumental trio You Bred Raptors, and as a member of the Glens Falls Symphony, Catskill Symphony Orchestra and the Fenimore Chamber Orchestra. Tara owns and manages the event music business Mayfield Strings, and freelances around the Adirondacks, Capital District region, NYC and surrounding Tri-State areas.

As a passionate educator, Tara maintains a private studio in the Capital District and ADK regions, oferring two in-person teaching locations in Schenectady and North Creek, as well as remote options. Tara joins the Empire State Youth Orchestra team this season as a Teaching Artist for CHIME. She has formerly taught on the faculties of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Queens College Preparatory, Suzuki on the Island in Manhasset NY, JCC Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly NJ, and Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory in Cleveland OH. Tara is certified in the Suzuki Method and loves working with students of all ages and experience levels.





Education & Training

  • Professional Studies Diploma in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music
  • M.M. in cello performance on full scholarship from the University of Miami
  • B.M. in cello performance with High Honors from the University of Michigan
  • Principal cello instructors include Richard Aaron, Ross Harbaugh, Anthony Elliott and Louis Potter, Jr.
  • Additional orchestral repertoire instruction from Stephen Geber, Richard Weiss and Alan Harrell from the Cleveland Orchestra
  • Chamber music coachings from Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Quartet, members of the Cavani String Quartet & Miami String Quartet
  • Master class performances include Antonio Meneses, Jules Eskin and Peter Shelton
  • Suzuki certification units 1-8 with Pamela Devenport at the School for Strings
  • Suzuki certification units 1-3 with Tanya Carey at the Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Suzuki certification unit 1 with Barbara Wampner at the Chicago Suzuki Institute

Celebrity Moments

Playing music professionally brings along some fun moments, both big and small. Opportunities to play with notable artists is always a highlight! A few that stand out include playing with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, The Foo Fighters, Michael Buble, Kanye West, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Patrizio Buanne, Smokey Robinson, Diana Krall and Randy Newman.


In 2008, Tara was a winner of the My Grammy Moment Competition on YouTube, and was flown out to Los Angeles to perform with the Foo Fighters and John Paul Jones at the 2008 Grammy Awards Show. In addition to accompanying the Foo's in the My Grammy Moment Orchestra, she was one of top three finalists of the competition that performed a live solo and was introduced by Jason Bateman live at the Grammy Awards Show. Check out Tara's audition video for the YouTube competition that started it all!


Services

Wedding & Event Music: Mayfield Strings

Interested in adding special music to a special occassion? Consider Mayfield Strings for string ensembles that will add an extra touch of elegance. Ensemble options include traditional string ensembles (quartet, trio and duo) as well as solo cello, cello & guitar and cello duo. Check out Mayfield Strings' website for more information and submitting an inquiry.

Cello Lessons

Trained and certified in the Suzuki Cello Method, Tara incorporates Suzuki, traditional pedagogy, and non-traditional styles of playing in her teaching. She enjoys working with students of all ages (young students and adults welcome!), and lessons are tailored to a student's individual age and musical needs. Tara is currently accepting remote students into her private studio - email to inquire for more details!

Session Recordings

A seasoned studio musician, Tara can lay down string parts that are already written or work with you to create string part(s) either before-hand or on the fly in the studio. Please email to inquire for rates and more info!

Other Projects

Classical, neo-classical, cross-over, pop, rock, experimental, alternative, etc. Performances, consulting, string arrangements. Session or Project based pricing. Anything you might need a cellist for - email to inquire for rates and more info!

Upcoming Events

10.15.22

CATSKILL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

7pm @ Foothills Performing Arts Center (Oneonta, NY)

10.27.22 - 10.29.22

YOU BRED RAPTORS? - Halloween 2022 Tour

10.27 @ The Bridge Music Bar (Pittsburgh, PA)
10.28 @ Fretboard Brewery (Cincinnati, OH)
10.29 @ Festival of Ghouls (Nashville, TN)

11.13.22

GLENS FALLS SYMPHONY

4pm @ Glens Falls High School (Glens Falls, NY)

11.19.22

CATSKILL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

7pm @ Foothills Performing Arts Center (Oneonta, NY)

12.3.22

FENIMORE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

3pm @ Christ Church (Cooperstown, NY))

12.9.22

FENIMORE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

7pm @ Masonic Care Community (Utica, NY))

12.18.22

GLENS FALLS SYMPHONY

4pm @ Glens Falls High School (Glens Falls, NY)

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10.9.22

GLENS FALLS SYMPHONY

4pm @ Glens Falls High School (Glens Falls, NY)

9.21.22 - 10.1.22

YOU BRED RAPTORS? - Fall 2022 Tour

9.21 @ Lovedraft's Brewing Company (Mechanicsburg, PA)
9.22 @ Beachland Tavern (Cleveland, OH)
9.23 @ Owl Hollow (Pittsburgh, PA)
9.24 @ Harvest and Soul Festival (Gibbon Glade, PA)
9.26 @ Magnolia Bar (Louisville, KY)
9.27 @ JJ's Bohemia (Chatanooga, TN)
9.28 @ The Nick (Birmingham, AL)
9.29 @ Preservation Pub (Knoxville, TN)
9.30 @ The Milk Parlor (Blacksburg, VA)
10.1 @ Groovin' with the Grove Festival (Albright, WV)

8.27.22

FENIMORE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

3pm @ Christ Church (Cooperstown, NY)

8.15.22 - 8.20.22

THE ARTIST PROGRAM SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

@ Manhasset, NY

8.1.22

GLENS FALLS SYMPHONY

Summer Concert Series

7.3.22

GLENS FALLS SYMPHONY

@ Crandall Park (Glens Falls, NY)

4.22.22 - 5.21.22

YOU BRED RAPTORS? - Spring 2022 Tour

4.22 & 4.23 @ Gotta Fest (Shanks, WV)
4.25 @ 123 Pleasant St with Too Many Zooz (Morgantown, WV)
4.27 @ The Empty Glass (Charleston, WV)
4.29 @ Fretboard Brewing Company (Cincinnati, OH)
4.30 @ North Side Pub (Lafayette, IN)
5.2 @ The Sinkhole (St. Louis, MO)
5.3 @ Replay Lounge (Lawrence, KS)
5.5 @ Chipper Lanes (Greeley, CO)
5.10 @ Xbk (Des Moines, IA)
5.11 @ Bourbon on Division (Chicago, IL)
5.12 @ The Coterie (Kokomo, IN)
5.14 @ Preservation Pub (Knoxville, TN)
5.16 @ The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC)
5.17 @ The Cobra Nashville (Nashville, TN)
5.18 @ The Summit Music Hall (Columbus, OH)
5.19 @ Zanzabar (Louisville, KY)
5.20 @ Happy Hippy Muzik Festival (Hinton, WV)
5.3 @ Lovedraft's Brewing Company (Mechanicsburg, PA)

4.2.22

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

The Fire (Philadelphia, PA)

4.1.22

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

Lovedraft's Brewing Company (Mechanicsburg, PA)

3.31.22

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

Arelene's Grocery (NYC)

3.26.22

CATSKILL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

7pm @ SUNY Oneonta (Oneonta, NY)

12.19.21

ALBANY PRO MUSICA

@ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, NY)

12.12.21

GLENS FALLS SYMPHONY

@ SUNY Adirondack (Queensbury, NY)

12.7.21

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
opening for Nita Strauss (guitarist for Alice Cooper!)

@ Market Hotel (Brooklyn, NY)

11.29.21

CELLOPHANE FLOWERS

7pm @ The Cutting Room (New York, NY)

11.21.21

CELLOPHANE FLOWERS

@ Valley Stream, NY

10.27.21 - 10.30.21

YOU BRED RAPTORS? FRIGHT NIGHTS TOUR

~ 10.27 @ Baltimore, MD (@ The 8x10)
~ 10.28 @ Morgantown, WV (@ 123 Pleasant Street)
~ 10.29 @ Harrisburg, PA (@ JB Lovedrafts)
~ 10.30 @ Shanks, WV

10.24.21

SCHENECTADY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

@ Universal Preservation Hall (Saratoga Springs, NY)

10.8.21

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ City Winery NYC

9.15.21

YOM KIPPUR KOL NIDREI SERVICE

@ Congregation Beth Elohim (Brooklyn, NY)

8.16.21 - 8.21.21

THE ARTIST PROGRAM SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

@ Manhasset, NY

4.16.21

CELLOPHANE FLOWERS

@ Beatlesfest (Virtual)

1.24.21

CELLOPHANE FLOWERS

@ Beatlesfest (Virtual)

1.22.21

CELLOPHANE FLOWERS

@ Beatlesfest (Virtual)

12.17.20

WORLD PREMIERE of Constantine Caravassalis' EPIPHANY for mezzo soprano & cello

@ Virtual Event (New York, NY)

Tara Hanish & Max Potter

10.31.20

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ Festival of Ghouls (Virtual)

10.9.20

CELLOPHANE FLOWERS

@ Beatlesfest (Virtual)

9.27.20

YOM KIPPUR KOL NIDREI SERVICE

@ Congregation Beth Elohim (Brooklyn, NY)

2.12.20

LITTLE ORCHESTRA SOCIETY

@ PS 56 (Brooklyn, NY)

12.1.19

DISTINGUISHED CONCERTS ORCHESTRA: MESSIAH...REFRESHED! 

@ Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Distinguished Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

11.21.19

CHRIS VAN VOORST TRIO  

@ The Owl Music Parlor (Brooklyn, NY)

11.20.19

CELLOPHANE FLOWERS

@ The Slipper Room (New York, NY)

11.18.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(opening for Daikaiju)

@ The Kingsland (Brooklyn, NY)

You Bred Raptors

11.15.19 - 11.23.19

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

@ Kean University (Union, NJ)

11.2.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ Festival of Ghouls (Nashville, TN)

10.31.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ JB Lovedraft's Micropub (Harrisburg, PA)

10.8.19

YOM KIPPUR KOL NIDREI SERVICE

@ Congregation Beth Elohim (Brooklyn, NY)

9.7.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(EOTO / John Ferrara and Seth Moutal Duo / YBR?)

@ The Market Hotel (New York, NY)

8.19.19 - 8.23.19

THE ARTIST PROGRAM SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

@ Manhasset, NY

8.1.19 - 8.17.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS? - Summer 2019 Tour

8.1 @ Pittsburgh, PA
8.2 @ Barter (Detroit, MI)
8.3 @ Carnahan Hall (Lafayette, IN)
8.4 @ Appleton, WI
8.5 @ Kitty Cat Club (Minneapolis, MN)
8.7 @ The Bottleneck (St. Lawrence, KS)
8.8 @ The Vanguard (Tulsa, OK)
8.9 @ J & J's Ol' Dirty Basement (Denton, TX)
8.10 @ Kick Butt Cafe (Austin, TX)
8.11 @ Salon Morelos (Monterrey, Mexicoc)
8.12 @ Notsuoh (Houston, TX)
8.13 @ The Circle Bar (New Orleans, LA)
8.14 @ JJ's Bohemia (Chatanooga, TN)
8.15 @ Best Friend Bar (Lexington, KY)
8.16 @ 123 Pleasant (Morgantown, WV)
8.17 @ JB Lovedraft's Micropub (Harrisburg, PA)

7.28.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(YBR? / Super MadNES / Cheap Dinosaurs / Monsters On The Horizon)

@ El Cortez (Brooklyn, NY)

7.22.19 - 7.26.19

WESTERN RESERVE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

@ Cleveland, OH

7.18.19

SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

@ The National Opera Center (New York, NY)

7.6.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ Flashback Lounge (Watertown, NY)

7.5.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(YBR? / Daniel Greer / Art The Band / Live Animals)

@ Bovine Sex Club (Toronto, ON)

6.8.19

THE WHISKEY GIRLS
with Tim Haufe

@ The Howland Cultural Center (Beacon, NY)

5.25.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(YBR? / barbra)

@ Stella Blues (New Haven, CT)

5.24.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(GEPH / YBR? / Witch Cake / Vos)

@ The Rat's Nest (Boston, MA)

5.23.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ Sofar (Boston, MA)

5.13.19

THE WHISKEY GIRLS

@ "New Vistas" hosted by the Violoncello Society of NY (New York, NY)

5.1.19

CELLOPHANE FLOWERS

@ The Slipper Room (New York, NY)

4.17.19 - 4.27.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS? - Spring 2019 Tour

4.17 @ The Fire (Philadelphia, PA)
4.18 @ JB Lovedraft's Micro Pub (Harrisburg, PA)
4.19 @ The Void (College Park, MD)
4.20 @ Gotta Fest (Bentonville, VA)
4.22 @ Mahalls (Cleveland, OH)
4.23 @ North End Pub (Lafayette, IN)
4.24 @ The East Room (Nashville, TN)
4.25 @ Best Friend Bar (Lexington, KY)
4.26 @ Cattivo (Pittsburgh, PA)
4.27 @ The Windup Space (Baltimore, MD)

4.12.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(Powersnap / The U.S. Americans / YBR? / The New Tarot)

@ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY)

3.31.19

SUZUKI ON THE ISLAND FACULTY RECITAL

@ The Congregational Church of Manhasset (Manhasset, NY)

3.23.19

METAL GEAR ORCHESTRA

@ United Palace (New York, NY)

2.16.19 - 2.18.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ Toy Fair NY (New York, NY - Javits Center)

1.22.19

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(The New Tarot / YBR? / The U.S. Americans)

@ Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn, NY)

You Bred Raptors

1.11.19

CHRIS VAN VOORST VAN BEEST DOUBLE TRIO

@ The Owl Music Parlor (Brooklyn, NY)

Chris Van Voorst Double Trio

12.13.18

TIPHANIE DOUCET: Live in the Parlour

@ Fox and Crow (Jersey City, NJ)

12.8.18

THE WHISKEY GIRLS
with Tim Haufe

@ The Howland Cultural Center (Beacon, NY)

12.2.18

RICHMOND COUNTY ORCHESTRA

@ St. John's University (Staten Island, NY)

11.18.18

WELCOME 2 MY HOUSE w/ KATREESE BARNES & CHAMBER FUSIC

@ Streamed Online (New York, NY)

11.8.18

CHAMBER MUSIC @ BKCM HOUSE PARTY

@ Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (Brooklyn, NY)

11.4.18

CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL w/ STEVE BLOOM & FRIENDS

@ St. Michael's Recital Hall (New York, NY)

11.2.18

GROUP MUSE CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

@ Private Residence (Brooklyn, NY)

10.19.18

THE WHISKEY GIRLS @ Whiskey Night

@ The Way Station (Brooklyn, NY)

10.14.18

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ Jersey City, NY

10.12.18

THE WHISKEY GIRLS

@ Greenpoint Gallery (Brooklyn, NY)

10.4.18

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(lespecial / Kaptive / YBR?)

@ Knitting Factory (Brooklyn, NY)

9.18.19

YOM KIPPUR KOL NIDREI SERVICE

@ Congregation Beth Elohim (Brooklyn, NY)

8.20.18 - 8.24.18

THE ARTIST PROGRAM SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

@ Manhasset, NY

8.18.18

TIPHANIE DOUCET @ JC Wave Fest

@ White Eagle Hall (Jersey City, NJ)

8.15.18

TIPHANIE DOUCET

@ Chelsea Piers (New York, NY)

7.23.18 - 7.27.18

WESTERN RESERVE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

@ Cleveland, OH

7.12.18

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(w/ John Ferrara and Seth Moutal Duo)

@ The 8x10 (Baltimore, MD)

6.29.18

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ JB Lovedraft's Micropub (Harrisburg, PA)

6.29.18

YOU BRED RAPTORS?
(w/ Consider The Source)

@ The Rex Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)

5.25.18

THE WHISKEY GIRLS
(Peach & Knife / Charming Disaster / WG)

@ Pine Box Rock Shop (Brooklyn, NY)

5.4.18

PARK SLOPE CHAMBER PLAYERS

@ Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (Brooklyn, NY)

4.27.18

YOU BRED RAPTORS?

@ Crescent & Vine (Queens, NY)

4.8.18

THE WHISKEY GIRLS
(w/ Marie-Elaine Jenkins)

@ Pete's Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)

3.20.18 - 3.31.18

YOU BRED RAPTORS? - Spring 2018 Tour

3.20 (Philadelphia, PA)
3.21 (Pittsburgh, PA)
3.22 (Cleveland, OH)
3.23 (Lansing, MI)
3.24 (Appleton, WI)
3.25 (Chicago, IL)
3.26 (Lafayette, IN)
3.27 (Cincinnati, OH)
3.28 (Columbus, OH)
3.29 (Indiana, PA)
3.30 (Lancaster, PA)
3.31 (Washington, DC)

3.16.18 - 3.18.18

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

@ The Academy of the Holy Angels (Demarest, NJ)

3.2.18

THE WHISKEY GIRLS

@ The Way Station (Brooklyn, NY)

2.28.18

EMILY MURE

@ Rockwood (New York, NY)

2.10.18

PETROS KLAMPANIS GROUP

@ University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (Buffalo, NY)

1.24.18

THE WHISKEY GIRLS

@ Da Capo (New York, NY)

1.1.18

GARDEN STATE PHILHARMONIC

@ Georgian Court University (Lakewood, NJ)

12.17.17

GARDEN STATE PHILHARMONIC

@ Grunin Center for the Arts (Toms River, NJ)

11.22.17

SEAFAIR
Seafair / Welshly Arms / The Waves

@ House of Blues (Cleveland, OH)

11.19.17

GARDEN STATE PHILHARMONIC

@ Grunin Center for the Arts (Toms River, NJ)

11.4.17

COMPANY IN CONCERT

@ Irvington Town Hall Theater (Irvington, NY)

10.28.17

MUSIC OF INDIA ORCHESTRA

@ Hindu Samaj Temple (Mahwah, NJ)

10.6.17

FRANKENSTEIN

@ Players Theater (New York, NY)

9.29.17

YOM KIPPUR KOL NIDREI SERVICE

@ Congregation Beth Elohim (Brooklyn, NY)

9.21.17

EMILY MURE - Album Release Show

@ Rockwood Stage 2 (New York, NY)

9.8.17

SYLVANA JOYCE & THE MOMENT

@ Hoboken, NJ

9.5.17

THE WHISKEY GIRLS

@ The Way Station (Brooklyn, NY)

8.31.17

SEAFAIR

@ Roar Along The Shore (Cleveland, OH)

8.14.17 - 8.18.17

THE ARTIST PROGRAM SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

@ Manhasset, NY

7.18.17 - 7.23.17

THE BODY POLITIC

@ New York Musical Festival (New York, NY)

7.1.17

RICHMOND COUNTY ORCHESTRA

@ Grunin Center for the Arts (Staten Island, NY)

6.23.17 - 6.24.17

KINGDOM HEARTS ORCHESTRA WORLD TOUR (NYC)

@ United Palace (New York, NY)

6.4.17

ORCHESTRA OF THE BRONX

@ Lehman College (Bronx, NY)

5.21.17

SKETCHY ORKESTRA

@ Le Poisson Rouge (New York, NY)

5.12.17

MARY POPPINS

@ Irvington Town Hall Theater (Irvington, NY)

4.7.17 - 4.9.17

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

@ The Academy of the Holy Angels (Demarest, NJ)

4.1.17

SKETCHY ORKESTRA

@ Le Poisson Rouge (New York, NY)

3.18.17 - 3.26.17

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

@ Irvington Town Hall Theater (Irvington, NY)

2.5.17

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

@ W 92 YMCA (New York, NY)

1.13.17

SKETCHY ORKESTRA

@ Le Poisson Rouge (New York, NY)

1.6.17

THE WHISKEY GIRLS

@ Terra Firma (Brooklyn, NY)

5.1.16

CELLOCENTRIC

@ Beachwood Community Center (Cleveland, OH)

4.15.16 - 4.17.16

ME AND MY GIRL

@ Putnam Valley High School (Putnam Valley, NY)

3.31.16

HOTEL ELEFANT w/ THE DANNY GREEN TRIO

@ Shapeshifter Lab (Brooklyn, NY)

3.26.16

SEAFAIR

@ Buzzbin Art & Music Shop (Canton), OH)

3.13.16

THE WHISKEY GIRLS

@ Bar Matchless (Brooklyn, NY)

3.4.16

AMERICAN IDIOT

@ Irvington Town Hall Theater (Irvington, NY)

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