Growing up in a household of musicians, it was only natural that Tara should begin her musical training early. Before discovering the harp at age 11, Tara studied both the violin and piano. In 1986 she was awarded a full college scholarship to The Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of the great teacher, Gloria Agostini, and in 1992, received her Master's of Music Degree fromYale University. In addition to maintaining a private harp studio, Tara's teaching experience includes, Wilkes University, Illinois State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University. Having recently opened a studio in the Springfield area, Tara's diverse teaching experience allows her to accommodate new students ranging from novice to budding professional. As an orchestral performer, Tara has been principal player for an ever-increasing number of orchestras, including: The Northeast Philharmonic, The Long Island Philharmonic, Meridan Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Milliken Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and Pioneer Valley Symphony. In 1996, Tara had the opportunity to perform with Liza Minelli's orchestra at Saratoga Performing Arts Center; and, for the last 3 years, has been a member of the orchestra performing with The Irish Tenors at The Mohegan Sun. Beyond the rigors of classical training and orchestral performance, Tara has always enjoyed sharing the elegance of the harp on a more personal level. With 18 years experience as a freelance performer, Tara provides both the physical presence and musical virtuosity that inspires and entertains. Her extensive repertoire is such that your wedding is sure to be memorable. Michael Alterman is a talented pianist, composer, arranger, orchestrator and performer; Mike is proficient in all styles and genres with a strong interest in jazz, popular, global and cultural music. After receiving a Master's Degree from Queens College in Music and Composition, Michael embarked on a successful music career as a Broadway musician with Bob Fosse, to composing, conducting and arranging for TV and film. He has also orchestrated, composed and arranged music for the Muzak Corporation, which can be heard in many countries throughout the world.