Tamra Baca is a cellist from Salt Lake City, UT. She began studying violin and viola at the age of 10 only because there were no cellos available at her elementary school. Once in junior high school and there were suddenly cellos available, she excitedly began studying the cello at the age of 12. She quickly sought out private lessons and began studies with Ronald Archibald and Richard Hoyt. Her passion for music led her to Utah State Univeristy where she studied under Anne Francis of the Fry Street Quartet in addition to quartet studies under the purview of all members of the Fry Street Quartet. She also played in the Musica Viva chamber music group. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music with an emphasis in performance.
After a short break, Tamra resumed her music studies at the University of Utah with Amy Leung and John Eckstein. While at the U, she performed as the cellist for the Graduate String Quartet and held the principal seat in the Utah Philharmonia. In 2010, she graduated with a Master's Degree in Music with an emphasis in performance.
Always having had an affinity for chamber music, she participated in several chamber music camps and festivals to include Apple Hill, Dakota Chamber Music, and the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with teachers Richard Aaron and Alan Harris.
To compliment her performance education, she completed teacher training within the Suzuki program from both private teacher trainer Carey Cheney and at Suzuki Summer Institutes to include the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute (ISSI) and the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute.
Currently, Tamra is the cellist of the Black & White String Quartet, a member of the West Jordan Symphony, and teaches private cello lessons. She has been teaching private cello lessons for 12 years to adults and children of all ages which, as it turns out, is her life passion.