Tamara Brooks led NEC's choruses from 1989 through 2000. During her time at NEC, memorable Jordan Hall concerts included a standing-room-only performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion in 1997. She spearheaded supplementary activities by NEC choral singers that included the television specials "A Taste of Passover" and "A Taste of Chanukah," as well as the film The Proposition, in which members of the NEC Chamber Singers portrayed a 1930s choir in a church led by Kenneth Branagh.
Prior to her time at NEC, Brooks conducted choral and orchestral concerts in the U.S., Europe, Israel, and Asia, and was music director of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, president and head of the orchestral program of Philadelphia's New School of Music, and founder and music director of Sequenza, a professional instrumental ensemble devoted to contemporary music.
A champion of 20th-century music, she commissioned and premiered significant choral, orchestral, and chamber works.
Brooks held a Fulbright professional grant in Cyprus, where she was guest conductor of the Cyprus Broadcast Orchestra and director and conductor of two binational music festivals.
B.S., piano, M.S., conducting, The Juilliard School. Recordings on Musical Heritage Society, RCA, Arabesque, New World, Rounder, Centaur, Neuma. Broadcasts on NPR and U.S. television as well as French, Dutch, Greek, British, Cypriot, Israeli, Taiwanese, and Japanese radio and television.
Read Hankus Netsky's eulogy for Tamara Brooks.
photo by Jeff Thiebauth