Tracy Harris has left audiences breathless with her profound and moving interpretation of the great composers from all ages. Her concerts are typically given thumbs up by critics across the country and her versatility has seen her playing with members of Sting on PBS and Disney Studios with equal aplomb. Tracy has been fortunate to have studied with most of the greats of our time, including Dr. Julius Baker, Claude Monteux, James Pellerite, and Jim Walker. In 2002 Tracy was selected by Yamaha to join such great flute artists as Dr. Julius Baker, Jeff Khaner, Brad Garner, Mary-Karen Clardy and Jim Walker to become a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, a title bestowed on only the best instrumentalists in the world.
Tracy Harris maintains a large private studio in addition to conducting Yamaha Master Classes/Clinics, and lectures throughout the country. Ms. Harris is the founder of the Wyndfall Flute Choir, now in its seventh year. She is also the director of the popular, annual Tracy Harris Flute Master Class, now held every summer at Cal State Bakersfield, and has had such guest artists as Jim Walker, Mary Karen-Clardy, Tadeo Coelho, and John Barcellona. Ms. Harris is also a very active adjudicator often being asked to judge everything from TKMEA competitions to state band and orchestral solo and band competitions such as CBDA. Ms. Harris has also worked in the studios with such Emmy winning composers as Carl Johnson for Disney and has performed at National Flute Association Conventions. Ms. Harris has performed in such master classes as the Julius Baker Master Class in Carmel and the Western Connecticut State University Julius Baker Master Class as well as master classes given by James Pellerite, Ann Zentner and Jean-Pierre Rampal. Ms. Harris has won many local and national honors including; winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters grant competition, winner of the Pillsbury Foundation scholarship competition eight years in a row, winner of the Santa Barbara Symphony Young Artists competition, winner of Santa Barbara Music Club scholarship, winner of Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Competition, and winner of the American Scandinavian Foundation competition.
Tracy Harris was one of a select few invited to audition for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Lincoln Center and Ms. Harris has performed solo recitals, chamber music, and concertos across the United States and has premiered many new pieces. As an accomplished soloist and orchestral musician, Tracy has performed concertos or has held principal chairs with many different ensembles such as; the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Coastal Valley's Symphony, the Tulare County Symphony, the West Coast Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chorale Society, Ojai Requiem Orchestra, Santa Ynez Valley Orchestra, the Santa Maria Symphony and the Tulare Symphony to name but a few. Ms. Harris has served as Artistic Director of the Coastal Valley's Symphony Chamber Series and has performed in many new music premieres with such composers as Patrick Cassidy for his U.S. premiere of "Famine and Remembrance". She has also performed in the world premiere of Phillip Lasser's "The Alchemist". Ms. Harris has made recordings with the Pacific Coast Chamber Orchestra and has recorded for the PCPA Theaterfest for 15 years.
Ms. Harris is also the Director of Music Theoretic Studies at The Pacific Center for Advanced Studies which was formed in 1993 for the purpose of advancing our knowledge of the world in an environment free of constraints. The center is composed of five advanced institutes, encompassing major segments of contemporary science; The Institute for Mind/Brain Research, The Institute for Computational Neurological Research, The Institute for Theoretical Physics Research, The Institute for Music-Theoretic Research and the the Institute for Information-Theoretic Research. The Pacific Center is dedicated to helping us promote our understanding of the world while improving our lives through research. This research has resulted in hundreds of original papers and a range of other publications aimed at both experts in the various fields and the general public, interested in the results of cutting edge research.
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Wendy LeBlanc is an accomplished and award winning concert harpist and currently concertizes extensively with her award winning trio called "Wyndfall", and her duo/trio "Timeless Elegance Music", performing with her sister Tracy Harris, (CONCert Flutist and Yamaha Perfrming Artist), and her sister-in-law Svetlana Harris (concert pianist). Ms. LeBlanc is also a harp instructor (complete info. at www.LeBlancHarp.com) , and currently teaches in her private studio in Tulare County. In addition, she owns her own retail business dedicated to the beauty, elegance and long history of the harp called CraftyHarp. Ms. LeBlanc designs all of the original artwork in the Gallery and personally manufactures exclusive gifts and crafts for the harp and music industry. www.CraftyHarp.com
Ms. LeBlanc combines extensive experience as a soloist, duo with flute, orchestral, show and chamber musician, performing in concert halls and private venues across the country, as well as for a wide array of events including weddings and parties for Hollywood royalty, holiday events, church services and events, fund raisers for symphony orchestras, university chancellors, major health causes, food drives, museum openings, theater inaugurations, fashion shows, and much more. As an accomplished soloist and orchestral musician, Wendy has performed concertos or has held principal chairs with many different ensembles including: Coastal Valley’s Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Maria Symphony, the Santa Ynez Valley Orchestra, Santa Barbara Harp Ensemble, the Prisms New Music Ensemble, the Music Academy Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Opera Theater, the Lompoc Performing Arts Society, the Town and Gown Chamber Music Series at the Faulkner Gallery, and the Tulare County Symphony Orchestra to name but a few. In addition, Wendy has made recordings with the Pacific Coast Chamber Orchestra and the PCPA Theaterfest and is currently recording with the Wyndfall Trio.
Wendy has performed classic and premier pieces with highly acclaimed artists including pianist Andre Watts, actor Fess Parker, Varujan Kojian of the Utah symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, highly acclaimed actor, author, and Oscar nominated producer Gabriel Byrne, and Giles Apap winner of the 1985 Prestigious Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition.
Ms. LeBlanc was invited to attend the Juilliard School of Music when she was just 15, and attended the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She is also a graduate of the famous Music Academy of the West. Ms. LeBlanc has won many local and national honors including; winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters grant competition, winner of the Pillsbury Foundation scholarship competition three years in a row, winner of the SB Music Affiliates award, the Music Academy of the West scholarship Award,and the New England Conservatory of Music scholarship award, to name a few. Wendy is also a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society, as well as the prestigious American Harp Society.
Ms. LeBlanc studied harp with master teachers including Ann Hobson-Pilot, renowned recording artist and principal harpist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Ms. Leblanc also studied with Suzanne Balderston, master harpist, recording artist, composer, and author of numerous books on harp instruction, and master harpist Mary Jane Barton, a professional RCA studio recording artists and Los Angeles Philharmonic performer. Ms. Barton studied under the world-renowned harpist and composer Carlos Salzedo and played under the baton of Leopold Stokowski of the historically renowned NBC orchestra.
Svetlana Harris' performances have been described as "outstanding" and "magical" and she has been featured as a concert pianist, choral conductor, composer, vocal music arranger, and vocal accompanist in over 160 concerts in Russia, its adjoining countries such as Ukraine and Georgia as well as the United States. Mrs. Harris has lived in the United States for over 9 years and is well versed in Western pedagogical techniques. Her students have gone on to win local and state competitions as well as to gain entrance into performing arts high schools and competitive college music programs.
Mrs. Harris graduated with the Highest Honors from the Krasnodar Academy of Arts and Culture in Krasnodar, Russia, with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance, Piano Accompaniment and Choral Conducting in 1990. Mrs. Harris served as assistant chairperson of the Opera department there, and was appointed Chairperson of the vocal accompaniment department at the Krasnodar Academy of Arts and Culture in 1991.
Mrs. Harris has performed with such renowned artists as Alexander
Malinin, Concert Pianist with the Moscow Conservatory of Music,
Sergei Dorensky, Concert Pianist with the Moscow Conservatory, Natalia
Kirichenko, Concert Soloist and Chief of the Vocal department of
the Krasnodar Academy of Music. Mrs. Harris is the winner of many
competitions, both national and international, and has received
various gold medal awards for outstanding performance. Mrs. Harris
is currently the piano accompanist for the music department at the
College of the Sequoias and is the recital accompanist for her sisters-in-law
Concert Flutist Tracy Harris and Concert Harpist Wendy LeBlanc.
Membership in Svetlanas studio consists of:
* Private piano lessons
Mrs. Harris students participate in an annual piano recital
where parents, friends and the community can celebrate the progress
of each student.
Mrs. Harris believes that each student is unique and custom tailors
each students lesson plan for his or her own specific needs.
She is dedicated to her students and is very knowledgeable about
all aspects of western culture and piano technique. Mrs. Harris
believes that being sensitive and listening to students goals
and aspirations are key to a successful study program. Mrs. Harris
teaching style, curriculum, and approach are always flexible and
varied for each student. Music is a joy and lessons should be enjoyable
because piano study is not always easy but it should always be satisfying.
Mrs. Harris emphasizes initiative and self-direction and encourages
creativity and originality of expression.
Private Piano lessons consist of performance preparation for school
performances, private recitals, solo work and competition preparation.
All fundamentals are covered with a daily routine outlined for each
student. Mrs. Harris tailors her approach and practice routine with
an emphasis placed on the well being of the student so that the
student may reach his or her maximum potential. Preparation for
university or conservatory auditions is also available.
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