Dr. Kelley Tracz

(785) 410-4306
Levels Taught:
All playing levels, reed making lessons also available
Offering Virtual Lessons?:
Yes (exception – beginning lessons & reed making)
Lesson Location:
Minneapolis, St. Paul, surrounding Metro Areas
$45/45 Minutes $60/Hour
About the Instructor:

Dr. Kelley Tracz is an oboist currently based in Minneapolis. She is the Assistant Professor of Oboe at Concordia College, and is very active as both a performer and educator in Minnesota and beyond. Kelley has performed with numerous orchestras across the country, including multiple appearances with the New World Symphony, Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Temple Symphony Orchestra, Central Texas Philharmonic, Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, Brazos Valley Symphony, Topeka Ballet Orchestra, and more. Kelley has received fellowships to Hidden Valley Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, and the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy. Kelley has been a featured soloist with the UNC Greensboro University Band, Austin Symphonic Band, Kansas State University Wind Ensemble, Packard Wind Band, and is also a past winner of the Midwest Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition.

As a passionate and dedicated educator, Kelley has given masterclasses and served as a clinician to young oboists and fellow music educators in Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, North Carolina, and Texas. Students of Kelley’s have advanced to Region, Area, and All-State ensembles in Texas, and have also been accepted into various schools of music across the country, including The Eastman School of Music, UT Austin, UMKC Conservatory, and Southern Methodist University. Kelley has served as a faculty artist for the national double reed camp, Bocal Majority, and was the premier instructor for the 2017 camp in Austin, TX. She was the oboe instructor at Camp Bernstein of Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI for three consecutive seasons and has served as the oboe instructor for the Kansas State University Music Camp for seven seasons.

Kelley received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Oboe Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where served as the Teaching Assistant for the Oboe Studio. Kelley holds her Masters of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Berneking Fellow, serving as rotating principal oboist of many of the top ensembles in the School of Music, and was a member of the school’s graduate woodwind quintet. Here she studied with Principal Oboe of the Minnesota Orchestra, John Snow. She completed her Bachelors of Music degree at Kansas State University. Kelley has also studied oboe extensively with Andrew Parker, as well as on English horn with Robert Walters of the Cleveland Orchestra and Emily Brebach of the Atlanta Symphony.

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