Biography & Reviews
Yamaha Performing Artist Tracy Harris is a highly sought after soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. Performing nationally and internationally, Ms. Harris gives numerous solo performances, chamber recitals, clinics, flute boots, and master classes. She has soloed with symphony orchestras from the Santa Barbara Symphony to the Pacific Coast Symphony and has held many first chair positions including the Santa Maria Symphony, the Pacific Coast Symphony and the West Coast Symphony. She is currently Alto Flutist and Soloist in residence with the Tulare Symphony. Ms. Harris is the Artistic Director and Founder of the popular "Tracy Harris Flute Boot Camps" which help over a thousand flutists each year (www.FluteBoot.com), as well as The Wyndfall Chamber Music Series that performs to sold-out audiences each season.
Ms. Harris records on the Elite Source Label, and her CD "Iroquois Suite", released in 2012, features works by Herman Beeftink, major motion picture composer for such films as The Simpsons Movie and Lions for Lambs. Her latest CD "Eklectick" recorded with her duo partner Svetlana Rudikova-Harris has won critical acclaim and features classics, new arrangements and compositions written by herself and Dr. Todd Harris.
Ms. Harris studied on scholarship at The New England Conservatory of Music with Claude Monteux and on scholarship at the University of California, Santa Barbara with Jill Felber and was a student of Julius Baker, Jim Walker, and Ann Giles. Ms. Harris has received Performance Grants from organizations such as The Pillsbury Foundation, The National Arts and Letters Society, The Scandinavian Foundation, and The Santa Barbara Foundation.
Ms. Harris has performed on NPR, The Infinite Mind, and at NFA conventions and had 3 proposals selected for the NFA convention in Chicago 2014 where she conducted a showcase with her flute orchestra "Wyndfall", and performed solo works from one of her latest albums. She also presented her newly published, and already best-selling, book "The Flute Boot Manual", and will have enlarged Flute Fingering Charts by her own design published by Wingert-Jones in 12/14.
Ms. Harris performed, presented and conducted at the Mid-South Flute Festival in 2014, and was a featured guest artist at Jill Felber's Flute Summit at UCSB in Santa Barbara 2014. Additionally this year, Tracy will be performing events at The Boston Flute Academy, Boston College, Cole Conservatory, LA Flute Guild, Guest Artist at Cal State Bakersfield's Flute Day, San Francisco International Flute Festival 2014, The Coastal Flute Society, The Central Valley Flute Society, to name but a few, and will be giving numerous flute boot camps and clinics across the country. For a complete schedule Click Here.
Ms. Harris is the founder of The Tracy Harris Flute Master Class series and has worked with notables such as Jim Walker, Tadeu Coelho, Mary Karen Clardy, Jill Felber, Piccolo legend Nicola Mazzanti and just completed giving several Masterclasses with Brad Garner. Tracy premiered three works with Nicola Mazzanti by Todd Harris, one of which was showcased at James Galway's International Master Class in Switzerland. Performances may be seen on YouTube.
As the Artistic Director for the Wyndfall Conservatory, Ms. Harris teaches flute, piccolo and low flutes and is also in the award winning Wyndfall Trio with Concert Pianist Svetlana Rudikova-Harris and Concert Harpist Wendy LeBlanc.
For lesson information regarding one of Tracy's 3 satellite studios in Anaheim, Silicon Valley or Exeter, or for Skype Studio lesson information Contact Tracy.
Tracy plays in a Yamaha C Flute Custom 14K Rose Gold 977 AHSTCT
Yamaha Piccolo - YPC-81 with a Wave Head
Yamaha Bass Flute - YFL B441II
Harris is a talented flutist with a professional demeanor
and is a consummate musician in every sense
of the word."
Julius BakerJuilliard School of Music,
New York Philharmonic
"The remarkable flutist Tracy Harris gave a fine performance
of a "Carmen Fantasy" a musical triumph."
Kenneth Brown - Santa Barbara News
Tracy Harris presented her credentials with a
work containing tongue defying flute licks..some razzle and a lot
of dazzle. Harris whose beautiful tone and sensitive playing have
been remarked upon many times by this
critic over the years, made high art
of it all.." "If a single award were
to be given for highest intellectual achievement
of the most subtle nature, I'd bestow in on principal flutist
Tracy Harris, whose playing throughout the symphony
was poignant, elegantly nuanced, beautifully cognizant."
Daniel Kepl - Santa Maria Times
afternoon closed with the 3rd movement of
Poulenc's delightful Sonata for Flute and Piano, with Tracy
Harris in top form in this tricky fast number"
Santa Barbara News Press
consider Tracy Harris a superiorly talented
musician and instrumentalist. She is a perfectionist
in the best sense of the word and will leave no stone unturned
until she has found her answer, either technically or interpretively.
Her sound is big, solid and beautiful, she can control it
to suit the character of the music, and
she performs with gusto. Tracy
is also a friendly and generous person, makes friends easily
and can contribute greatly toward a warm atmosphere
in any situation."
Claude Monteaux –
Flute Faculty New England Conservatory of Music, Conductor St. Martin
Academy in the Field - Guest conductor
New York Philharmonic and London Symphony
is a fine flautist who demonstrated the kind of serious commitment which
is so important to a professional career in music. I think you will
find her possessing the kind of mature professional attitude which will
contribute to both your own educational environment and the professional
standards which you will try and instill in your organization. I
recommend her without reservation.”
T. Bulow Ph.D. Composer
is my great pleasure to recommend Ms. Tracy Harris. Tracy has proven
to be among the most gifted young artists. Tracy’s music making
is special. She combines an impressive technical arsenal and
a deeply felt sense of musicality with a flair for performance that results
in artistic expression at the highest level."
Gary Woodward - Faculty, USC
"She has an ability to analyze her own
growth, and does not settle back in satisfaction,but presses on toward
goals beyond her years. Her repertoire of
concerti, sonatas, virtuoso pieces, and orchestral excerpts exceed requirements
of the great conservatories in this country and in France. My support of this gifted flutist is absolute. She must be treated
with respect and is a artist of unlimited scope."
Wendy-Heckler Denbaum – Concert
Flutist/Juilliard School of Music
comes from a very brilliant and musical family. She is a very talented
girl who works very hard, very well, and is completely devoted to her
Mary Jane Barton - Principal Harpist
- NBC Orchestra
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