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Tara Johnson


Tara is an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Belmont University, teaching Aural Skills courses. Originally from Hudsonville, Michigan, Tara began her studies in french horn at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From there she moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance, with a minor in Music Business. She worked in Nashville as a freelance music transcriber and copyist. Tara earned a Master of Arts in Music degree in Horn Performance from Middle Tennessee State University in 2012, where she studied with Angela DeBoer, and worked as a teaching assistant in the brass department and in general music and music theory courses. Tara currently plays as 3rd Horn of the Evansville Philharmonic in Evansville, Indiana, and 2nd Horn of the Owensboro Symphony in Owensboro, Kentucky. Additionally, she has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, and the Jackson Symphony. She has taken her horn playing to China with the Hollywood Film Orchestra, and to other parts of the world such as Israel, Romania, and Hungary. As an active freelance horn player, she can also be heard on several soundtrack recordings for movies, video games, and television shows, recorded in Nashville at Ocean Way Studios. She maintains a private studio of horn students across the Nashville area, and enjoys playing as a member of the Music City Horn Quartet. 

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