About Tracy

Tracy Harris has been an endorsed Yamaha Performing Flute/Piccolo/Low Flutes Artist and Clinician for 15 years performing extensively on flute, piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. 

 

Ms. Harris is a dedicated soloist, chamber musician, flute clinician, bestselling author and adjudicator for local, national and international competitions, and is currently the Flute Professor and Artist in Residence at both the College of the Sequoias and Bakersfield College. Ms. Harris also is the Director of the award winning Wyndfall Flute Orchestra which has won several international competitions held by the National Flute Association. Members of her international studio have won national and international competitions and Ms. Harris herself was the first prize winner in the San Francisco International Flute Festival competition. Besides enjoying a successful solo and chamber music career she has also held first chair positions with many orchestras such as ; the Santa Maria Symphony, the Pacific Coast Symphony, the West Coast Symphony, the Tulare Symphony, the Sequoia Symphony and is currently Alto Flutist and Substitute Principal and soloist in residence for the Sequoia Symphony.

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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.

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Ms. Harris attended The Music Academy of the West for three summers and has the distinction of being the youngest flutist ever accepted into their summer program. Ms. Harris’ teachers include; Julius Baker - Principal flutist and soloist in residence for the New York Philharmonic, Claude Monteux, Jim Walker-Yamaha Artist and Principal Los Angeles Philharmonic and Jill Felber Miyazawa Artist. Ms Harris has presented internationally at NAFME, TMEA, NYSSMA, NFA, SCSBOA, CASMEC music educator conventions and many more music education conferences. 

 

Ms. Harris is the master teacher and musical director for the Central Valley Flute Academy which offers instruction to students of all ages and abilities and has a large social media following with thousands of followers across multiple platforms.

 

Performing internationally, Ms. Harris gives numerous solo performances, chamber recitals, clinics, flute boots, and master classes. She has soloed with internationally known artists such as Nicola Mazzanti, Jim Walker, Tadeu Coehlo, and Jill Felber and just performed the West Coast premiere of Claude Bolling’s Jazz Suite #1 with orchestra. Ms. Harris has also soled with symphonies such as the Santa Barbara Symphony under the direction of Frank Collura, the UCSB Symphony under the direction of Varujan Kojian, Pacific Coast Symphony, the Santa Maria Symphony, the Tulare County Symphony, the Sequoia Symphony, and has recorded for Disney studios and PBS television.

 

Ms. Harris is passionate about helping music programs in public schools and is the Artistic Director/Founder of the "Tracy Harris Flute Boot Clinics” which has helped over 1000 underserved flutists a year for the past 14 years. Tracy is a best selling author having written three books published by Wingert-Jones/JW Pepper: “The Flute Boot Camp Manual - A Universal Guide to Flute" (Recipient of the Editor's Choice award), "The Lyric Flutist" and “Picc Perfect” as well as her own alternate fingering and trill charts.

 

Ms. Harris has received multiple Performance Grants from organizations such as The Pillsbury Foundation, The National Arts and Letters Society, The Scandinavian Foundation, the New England Conservatory of Music, UCSB Music Affiliates and The Santa Barbara Foundation. Ms. Harris is also the winner of the San Francisco International Flute 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 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 has had 3 proposals selected for the prestigious NFA convention where she conducted a showcase with her flute orchestra "Wyndfall", and performed solo works from one of her latest albums. Ms. Harris was recently selected to present and perform at NAfME's National In-Service Conference and has also been invited to perform at the NFA Convention. Ms. Harris has also performed, presented and conducted at the Mid-South Flute Festival, 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, guest artist at Boston College, University of the Redlands, Cal State Bakersfield's Flute Day, clinician for USC Marching Trojans, performed and presented at San Francisco International Flute Festival, The Coastal Flute Society, The Central Valley Flute Society and recently presented and performed at the Midwest Clinic, NAFME, TMEA  and CASMEC 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.   Ms. Harris is also the Music Director for The Wyndfall Flute Orchestra which has performed at NFA conventions and concert halls throughout the country.  

 

Ms. Harris plays on a Yamaha C Flute Custom 18k Gold 977

Yamaha Piccolo - YPC-81 with a Wave Head
Yamaha Alto Flute
and Yamaha Bass Flute