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Tamara Cashour is an award-winning composer studying in the MFA in Music Composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She works as a collaborative pianist for The College of Performing Arts at The New School (since 2008) and is Music Director/Organist at The Presbyterian Church of New Rochelle. Tamara has also taken PhD-level courses at the Global Institute for Advanced Studies as part of the Year I PhD cohort in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Her interests include: Critical theory of performance (performance studies), socially-conscious composition/performance, interdisciplinary research and pedagogies, and philosophy of technology and political economy. Tamara has earned a BA in Music/Interdisciplinary Studies from Columbia University, and an MA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University (music/feminist and avant-garde theatre studies), where her masters thesis--a written dissertation +a feminist-deconstructionist staging of a traditional repertory opera, won the Siff Performance Award. Tamara continues to create deconstructionist music-theatre hybrid performance pieces which combine rigorous research with performance pedagogy and practice toward the goal of manifesting unique critical theoretical protocols within tradition-bound musical and theatrical forms.

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