Lara M. Moline is a graduate of Western Michigan University, obtaining a Masters of Vocal Performance and Jazz Studies and a Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Choral Conducting with an emphasis in Vocal Jazz and Music History. Her dissertation, Vocal Jazz in the Choral Classroom: A Pedagogical Study, discusses the need for the vocal jazz style within the choral classroom, introduces transitional elements that are accessible to choral directors of any level, and involves an observational curriculum study.
Lara has performed with artists such as Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5, Dontae Winslow, Roomful of Teeth, Darmon Meader, Gary Burton, the Chicago Pops Orchestra, and with Charice Pempengco on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Lara is a sought-after guest adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. As an adjudicator and clinician, she has worked with students from middle school to college levels in solo voice, small voice ensembles, and large vocal ensembles in both traditional and vocal jazz idioms.