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Tara Simoncic is a young American conductor on the rise. Comfortable in all genres, Ms. Simoncic frequently works with Symphony Orchestras as well as Opera and Ballet Companies in America and abroad. An enthusiast of dance repertoire, Ms. Simoncic is currently serving her second season as Music Director of Ballet West in Salt Lake City, Utah where she has conducted such works as: “Le Sacre du Printempts”, “Jeux”, “Symphony in C”, “Swan Lake”, “Madame Butterfly” “The Nutcracker”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and “Fancy Free” with tremendous success. Ms. Simoncic is also the Conductor of the Louisville Ballet where she has conducted such works as: “Kammermusic no, 2”, “Western Symphony”, “Concerto Barocco”, and “Square Dance”. During the 2016/17 Season, she will make her conducting debut with the New York City Ballet with their world-renowned production of Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”. She will also make her debut with the Atlanta Ballet on a new production with music by British Film Composer, Peter Salem, known for his film scores to “Call the Midwife” and “Great Expectations”. Ms. Simoncic has held the position of Conductor of the Flexible Orchestra, a contemporary ensemble in New York City, since 2003 where she works closely with composers to champion new works specifically written for the ensemble each season. Since 2011, she has serve as the Music Director of the Greenwich Symphony’s Young People’s Concerts which bring classical music to thousands of students in the Greenwich area each year. Ms. Simoncic formerly held the position Music Director of the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra of New Jersey, Assistant Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony and Music Director of the Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestras, and Music Director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony in Connecticut. She has worked extensively with orchestras in the New York area as well as the Knoxville Symphony, the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Omaha Youth Symphony, the Bohuslav Symphony Orchestra of and the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Republic, the Adygeya Republic National Symphony of and the Maikop Conservatory Orchestra of Russia. Ms. Simoncic has worked with such notable ballet companies as the American Ballet Theatre, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Stamford Ballet School, Rioult Dance Theatre Company, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. In addition to her work in the United States, Tara Simoncic also enjoys a thriving international conducting career. Most recently, she conducted performances of “Don Giovanni” in Trieste, Italy at the Piccolo Festival del Friuli Venezia Giulia. She also recently conducted “Swan Lake” and “The Barber of Seville” with the Slovenian National Opera Ballet Theatre as well a symphonic concert for the International Music Festival in Maribor, Slovenia. This summer, she will conduct performances of “La Forza Del Destino” in Athens, Greece. At the age of 6, Tara Simoncic began studying the trumpet and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from the New England Conservatory. She holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University and received a full scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music where she holds a Professional Studies Diploma in Orchestral Conducting. In 2011, Ms. Simoncic received the Bruno Walter Scholarship Award to study with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meyer at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California.