Dr. Janet Tracy is the Tuba and Euphonium Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word. In addition to her responsibilities at UIW, she is a freelance musician in the greater San Antonio/Austin area where she performs numerous “for hire” contracts as well as performing as a soloist. She is the leader and general manager of the Olmos Basin Brass Quintet, a professional ensemble that does both “for hire” engagements and benefit/charity events.
Janet has performed in concert tours throughout the United States, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and London (England). She was the principal tuba player of the Grammy nominated recording “Bells for Stokowski” Reference Recordings RR-104 and was the principal tuba player in the Carnegie Hall Premier of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus for large wind ensemble. Dr. Tracy performed for four contracted years at Fiesta Texas where she was the tuba player “Petra” with the Foompah Frauleins, a musical comedic traveling ensemble. She has played in the rodeo band at The National Finals Rodeo, Texas State Fair and performed at Sea World. She has performed with the Oklahoma Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, the Victoria Symphony and the Mid-Texas Symphony. She has recorded sound tracks for rock bands and for commercial and radio productions. Dr. Tracy actively participates in wet ink (new music) productions, an interest which was sparked during her undergraduate days at the University of Oklahoma-Norman. She is actively involved in the commissioning and performing of new works for solo tuba, chamber ensembles and large ensembles.
Her private studio is consistently at capacity with students ranging in age from beginners to professionals. To date, Janet’s private studio has produced eighteen TMEA All-State tuba, euphonium and trombone band and orchestra musicians. From 2011 to 2016, the TMEA 5 and 6A Symphonic Band first chair tuba players were entirely from Dr. Tracy’s private studio. Many of Dr. Tracy’s students have gone on to study at such institutions as the New England Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Arizona State University, and the University of Texas-Austin.
Dr. Tracy’s research interests include adapting the teachings of master pedagogue Arnold Jacobs’ “Song and Wind” for the classroom and promoting and commissioning new compositions. Dr. Tracy presented her lecture “Adapting “Wind and Song’ for the Young Brass Player: Translating Arnold Jacobs’ ‘Song and Wind’ for the beginner using props, cues, exercises and games” at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference to an international audience at Arizona State University – Tempe. She collaborated with composer Anthony Plog for the Tuba Sonata (for tuba and piano) by raising the corporate commission and performing the world premiere of the Sonata at the Regional International Tuba Euphonium Conference at the University of Texas - Austin. She is currently collaborating with composers Dr. Rob Deemer and Megan DeJarnett in a group project slated for the 2021 International Women’s Brass Conference to be held at the University of North Texas – Denton addressing domestic violence and the unjust treatment of women.
Dr. Tracy’s tuba instructors include Steve Bryant, Donald Little, Arnold Jacobs, Larry Bird, Dennis Bubert and Michael Sanders. Janet holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Tuba Performance from the University of Texas- Austin, a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from Oklahoma City University and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma- Norman.
When Janet isn’t playing her tuba or otherwise working, she enjoys kayaking, singing, cycling and hanging out with her dogs Emily and Carmen and her cat, Elliott.