Tracy Harris has been a Yamaha Performing Flute/Piccolo Artist and clinician for the past 14 years. She is a highly sought after soloist, chamber musician, flute clinician and author. In addition to a thriving worldwide SKYPE studio, Tracy teaches students from all over the state of California and she is now the master flute teacher at the College of the Sequoias. 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 Substitute Principal Flutist 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 is the author of the recently published "The Flute Boot Camp Manual - A Universal Guide to Flute and Piccolo" (2015 recipient of the Editor's Choice and Paul Revere Awards) published by Wingert-Jones as well as her own custom designed fingering and trill charts also published by Wingert-Jones. Most recently, her co-publication of The Lyric Flutist with her brother Todd Harris, was released in 2015.
Ms. Harris records on the Elite Source Label, and her CD "Iroquois Suite", features works by Herman Beeftink, major motion picture composer for such films as The Simpsons Movie and Lions for Lambs. Her latest CD's "Eklectick" and "The Lyric Flutist recorded with her duo partner Svetlana Rudikova-Harris and flutist Ramakrishnan Kumaran have won critical acclaim and feature 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 where she received her B.M. in Flute Performance in 1991 with high honors. Ms. Harris has also been 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 is also the winner of the San Francisco International Flute Festival Flute Soloist Competition held in 2010.
Ms. Harris has judged local, state and international soloist competitions as well as band and orchestral competitions for over 10 years for organizations such as CBDA, CMEA, and TKMEA and has had numerous students win local, state and national competitions such as CBDA All-State, NAfME, and YoungArts and have been finalists at NFA high school soloist competitions as well. Most recently her student won the 2015 NFA Young Artist Competition - the youngest ever to do so. Tracy has students studying on scholarship from Vanderbilt to UCLA and regularly has students accepted at the top conservatories such as New England Conservatory of Music and Carnegie Mellon. Ms. Harris also has students that occupy chairs in professional symphony orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the U.S.
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 well-received book "The Flute Boot Manual". Ms. Harris was recently selected to present at NAfME's 2015 National In-Service Conference in October in Nashville, Tennessee and has also been invited to perform at the NFA Convention in Washington D.C. to perform with Ali Ryerson and the Low Flutes Ensemble. Ms. Harris has also performed, presented and conducted at the Mid-South Flute Festival in 2014, was a featured guest artist at Jill Felber's Flute Summit at UCSB in Santa Barbara 2014. Additionally Tracy has been a guest artist/performer at The Boston Flute Academy, featured presenter at Delaware State Music Day in 2014, guest artist at Boston College, University of the Redlands, Cal State Bakersfield's Flute Day, performed and presented at San Francisco International Flute Festival 2014, The Coastal Flute Society, The Central Valley Flute Society and appeared with her publisher at the Midwest Clinic in 2014, NAFME 2015 and CASMEC 2016 to name but a few appearances of late.
Ms. Harris is the founder of The Tracy Harris Flute Master Class series and since 2003 has worked with notables such as Jim Walker, Tadeu Coelho, Mary Karen Clardy, Jill Felber, Piccolo legend Nicola Mazzanti (see her performance with Nicola on YouTube of "Two Swans Swimming", and more. As the Artistic Director for the Wyndfall Conservatory, Ms. Harris teaches flute, piccolo and low flutes and is in the award winning Wyndfall Trio with Concert Pianist Svetlana Rudikova-Harris and Concert Harpist Wendy LeBlanc. Ms. Harris is also the Music Director for The Wyndfall Flute Orchestra which has performed at NFA conventions and was just awarded its second showcase and performed at the 2016 NFA Convention.
Ms. Harris plays on a Yamaha C Flute Custom 14K Rose Gold 977 AHSTCT
Yamaha Piccolo - YPC-81 with a Wave Head
Yamaha Alto Flute
Yamaha Bass Flute - YFL B441II
Hear Tracy Live
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