Tara Villa Keith is in her 16th season as music director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and in her 10th season as music director of the Lee County Community Orchestra. As an associate professor of music at Davidson, she has taught a plethora of courses on topics such as the history of the orchestra, impressionism, opera history, basic conducting, and orchestral music derived from social dance music. She has also served as an occasional cover conductor and pre-concert speaker for the Charlotte Symphony for several seasons.

Tara has won national awards for her work with both the Davidson and Lee County orchestras the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra recently winning The American Prize for Orchestral Performance in the college division. Outside of North Carolina, Tara has enjoyed conducting orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad, and was a 2008 Women Conductors Grant recipient from the League of American Orchestras.
 
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Tara grew up studying percussion and piano at the Preparatory of the Peabody Conservatory. Tara holds degrees from Franklin & Marshall College, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of South Carolina. Please visit her website at taravillakeith.com.