Strings – Tracy Figard


Tracy Figard began violin studies at the age of three, piano at age nine, viola at age fourteen, organ in August of 2003, and has studied harp and harpsichord as well. She graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Historic Keyboard and a Master’s degree in Viola Performance. During that time, Tracy held positions as concertmaster in both the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. She has studied violin and viola with Roland and Almita Vamos, and organ with Margaret Kemper.
Tracy has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions such as the Union League Civic and Arts Competition, the James Glacking Memorial Music Competition, the Evanston Music Club Scholarship, the Farwell Award of the Musicians Club of Women, the Nancy Fuqua Memorial Musical Arts Competition and the Chicago/North Shore chapter of the American Guild of Organists competition.  She has also performed as soloist with the Peninsula Music Festival, the North Suburban Symphony, the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, and the Lake Forest Symphony. Tracy frequently performs across the Chicago area with her sister Kristin. Their first CD, produced by the Holland-American Music Society, was released in 2002.
Tracy has also performed with her sister on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series and the “Live from Studio One” Series, both broadcast live on WFMT, as well as the Music in the Loft concert series and the Green Lake Festival of Music. In addition, Tracy has performed with the chamber groups Dempster Street Pro Musica and the Fifth House Ensemble. Tracy has been the pianist for Chicago Master Singers since 2007 and also frequently serves as a collaborative pianist in the Chicago and Evanston areas.

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