Terra Hurdle began her music education at Central Oregon Community College where she received her Associate of Arts degree and graduated with honors. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Pacific University and received her Masters in Contemporary Music Performance from Western Oregon University where she was awarded a graduate assistantship. Experiencing the value of her own music education has inspired her dream to share the gift of music education with people of all ages.
Terra has been frequently recognized for her vocal talents and musicianship. Growing up in Central Oregon, she spent years on the band stand performing alongside her father Rich Hurdle, a professional jazz guitarist. This invaluable experience honed her skills as a jazz vocalist. In graduate school, she was a two time winner of the Concerto Competition at WOU for her performances of arias, “Parto, Parto,” by Mozart, and “Que fais tu blanche tourterelle,” by Charles Gunod. In the contemporary performance arena she was specially selected to perform as a backup singer, or Vandella, for MoTown diva Martha Reeves in the Smith Fine Arts Concert Series. Other notable roles include that of Mrs. Noah in Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and Terentia in John Duke’s Operetta Captain Lovelock. A recipient of many awards, she has been honored for her scholastic achievements, selected as Outstanding American Vernacular Graduate Student, Outstanding American Vernacular Vocalist, Outstanding Graduate Jazz Arranger, and chosen for the WOU Brasil Combo Leadership Award.
Some of Terra’s previous positions include Associate Choir Conductor for Portland’s choral organization Beati Chorum, Musical Director for St. Philip the Deacon Church, and Executive Director of Salem Chamber Orchestra. She is currently an active performer and music teacher in the Salem music community.