Tamara Cashour is a composer of song cycles, piano music, chamber music, music theatre, incidental music and sacred music for organ and choir. She is a four-time ASCAPlus Composer Award winner 2008-2012. Her compositions have premiered in major venues in New York City, including: Symphony Space, St. Peter’s Citicorp, Columbia University’s Casa Italiana, TheatreLab and Franklin Furnace.
Ms. Cashour’s song cycle: Six Lyrics of Marilyn Hacker, for Mezzo-soprano, Soprano, Flute, English Horn, Guitar and Piano was chosen for presentation in concert by Brandeis University’s 2011 Conference “Alive By Her Own Hand”, a conference celebrating women composers who also perform their own compositions. Ms. Cashour was the pianist for this presentation of her work, which originally premiered in 2008 at St. Peter’s Citicorp Center under the auspices of the NYCC.
Girly Hurly Burly, Ms. Cashour’s comic setting of the witches’ text in Shakespeare’s MACBETH, a choral hybrid music theatre burlesque entitled for SSAA women’s voices, Violins, Piano and Hurdy Gurdy, won first place in the 2008 For Women Only Composition sponsored by the New York Treble Singers.
Most recently, Ms. Cashour wrote incidental music for the opera-theatre hybrid production BLOODY FIRE, UNCHASTE DESIRE, produced January 2012 by OperAvant, Inc. in NYC. (Full Fathom Five for Soprano, SATB, string quintet, percussion and Fie On Sinful Fantasy! for Tuba, SATB, percussion).
Ms. Cashour’s special area of interest as a composer is in two primary fields: 1) the creation of new interdisciplinary and hybrid forms that test the boundaries of reified amalgams of music, theatre and performance, and 2) the deconstruction of traditional-canon forms via feminist semiotic musical and dramatic principles.
Ms. Cashour is currently developing a musical, portions of which will premier in September 2012 in NYC.
Ms. Cashour enjoys an additional career as a collaborative pianist-soprano and conductor. She is currently Adjunct Professor of Instrumental Accompanying at William Paterson University, in Wayne, NJ., where she also assists with opera workshop and vocal auditions. Ms. Cashour is formerly of the accompanying staff at The Manhattan School of Music as well as the Mannes College of Music Extension Division, and has worked in the Music Theatre Departments at Wagner College and Kingsborough Community College. Ms. Cashour made her Carnegie-Weill Recital Accompanying Debut in February 2002 and has given or prepared over 200 recitals with singers and instrumentalists in the US and Europe. Ms. Cashour was one of ten national finalists for the 2006 Musical Theatre Keyboard position at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and received acclaimed for her conducting of Guettel’s THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Ms. Cashour is also currently Organist/Director of Music Ministries at The Presbyterian Church of New Rochelle, New York, and Assistant Conductor of the Bronx Concert Singers.
Ms. Cashour holds degrees from Columbia University (BA, Music Theory) and New York University (MA, Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Musical Directing of Musicals and Opera. Ms. Cashour is also active presenting papers on the academic conference circuit, having presented at Truman State College (Composing Women—2010) and University of Missouri (National Asso. Of Women’s Studies). She is a reviewer of books and Cds for the International Journal of Women in Music. Tamara is currently completing her PhD in Higher Education: Curriculum and Learning (with a concentration in Music Higher Education).