Shaped by meaningful and life-changing experiences within organizations such as the Glen Ellyn Children's Chorus, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Conspirare, Trinity Choir-Wall Street, YPC and Vocalizze, Dr. Cara Tasher strives to instill in singers a passion for musical excellence and an appreciation of different cultures. Tasher completed her studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the University of Texas at Austin, La Sorbonne, and Northwestern University. Her calendar includes numerous concerts, guest performing engagements and preparation of masterworks and opera choruses for professional organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. With her ensembles she has toured five countries and South Africa will soon join the list. Cultural Liaison for Jacksonville Sister Cities Association, Tasher also edits the IFCM Choral Bulletin Composer's Corner, is a member of MENC, NATS, NCCO and serves as Florida R & S Chair for College and University Choirs for ACDA. She received the 2010 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at UNF and is honored to prepare the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus for 3 programs this year. Dr. Tasher is based in Jacksonville where she serves as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Voice at the University of North Florida. She has recently conspired with community members as artistic director of an initiative entitled Jacksonville SINGS! serving the state of Florida and eventually the region/nation in fostering quality choral music collaborations.