Tamara Wilcox, M. M., Assistant Professor of Dance/Music Director for Dance, has been at The College at Brockport since fall 2011. Her first connections between music and dance were made at Allegheny College where she studied modern dance extensively while earning a B. A. in Music with a concentration in piano performance. After a decade working as a music educator, collaborative performer, and Liturgical Music Director, she returned to the dance world and began her career as a dance musician. From 2000-2011, she held the full-time position of Professional Dance Musician/Adjunct Faculty for the Dance Program at Eastern Michigan University, while simultaneously completing her Master of Music in Collaborative Piano Performance. Her work as a dance musician has included Regional Dance America Festivals, American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives, Royal Academy of Dance exams, and work as a collaborative musician in master classes with numerous modern dance artists. Since coming to Brockport, she has presented at NDEO conferences, hosted the 2013 Conference of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance, secured several grants, played and taught for American College Dance Festivals, served as an invited guest artist at the UC Irvine Department of Dance, and performed at local venues including The College at Brockport, Rochester’s Geva Theatre, Rochester’s Downtown Cabaret Theatre, the Rochester Fringe Fest, and at Nazareth College with the Rochester City Ballet and members of the Rochester Philharmonic. Her pedagogical interests include applications of Dalcroze and Gordon’s Music Learning Theory in the music for dance curriculum, as well as music technology integration, keyboard and vocal skills, music improvisation, score study, and music composition as pathways to informed teaching, refined performance and inspired choreography. She strives to lead Brockport dance students on a journey of artistic growth and self-discovery through the discipline of music. She also teaches the somatic healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu for dancers and in 2012 released a CD entitled Inspirations en Pointe: Original Music for Ballet Class. Her next CD of original compositions for modern class in irregular meters and phrasings, Off the Beaten Path, is due out in early 2014.
April 7-9, 2016