Born in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, Tracy began playing piano by ear before he could even walk. From that point on, his love and passion for music never stopped growing! In seventh grade, Tracy learned how to play the alto saxophone and joined his middle school band program. He liked playing the saxophone, but frequently experimented with other wind instruments. Immediately after trying the French horn for the first time, he knew that this was the instrument for him, and he hasn't looked back since!
Tracy began studying at Appalachian State University with Karen L Robertson in the fall of 2005. He began his degree as an education major, but eventually switched to performance. From performing Brandenburg Concerto No 1 to premiering a symphony by Maslanka, Tracy gained an immeasurable amount of musical experience during his undergraduate studies. After five amazing years at Appalachian State, he completed his Bachelors of Music Performance degree in 2010.
In the fall of 2010, Tracy began his Masters degree at Indiana University under the instruction of Richard Seraphinoff. During Tracy's time at Indiana University, he was able to take lessons from all three members of the horn faculty: Richard Seraphinoff, Jeff Nelsen, and Myron Bloom, in addition to lessons with Dale Clevenger and other brass faculty members. Between performing under esteemed conductors Leonard Slatkin and Cliff Colnot and performing in a summer festival concert at the Ravinia Summer Festival while playing assistant to Jeff Nelsen, Tracy was quickly gaining the tools to be a professional in the horn world. While at Indiana, he also received a minor in early music studying the natural horn and cornetto.
After graduating from Indiana University in 2012, Tracy explored his increasing love of horn pedagogy. He quickly built a studio of over 30 weekly students and regularly gave masterclasses across the region. In addition to teaching, Tracy has performed with several orchestras around the midwest, including the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, Symphony of the Lakes, Hendricks Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony, Indiana Brass Choir, and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He has held positions as third horn with the Dearborn Symphony and Indiana Wind Symphony, and he also performed regularly with Play Ethic, a chamber group which specializes in light classical/orchestral music.
Currently, Tracy is in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Kansas City Conservatory, studying under Martin Hackleman. Outside of performing and teaching, he also enjoys the field of ensemble librarianship. He has spent the past two summers as an Ensemble Librarian for the Interlochen Arts Camp.
MR. TRACY J. BASS