Music

Tracy Thomas

Tracy Thomas sings a wide variety of styles ranging from musical theatre to jazz to opera. She has performed as a soloist at numerous prominent venues, including the National Christmas Tree Lighting, live National Public Radio broadcasts, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, New York City, and for nationally televised ceremonies including Arlington National Cemetery. For eight years she was vocal soloist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band; in 1999, she was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (one of that service’s highest honors) for “outstanding achievement” in the performance of those duties. She is also the recipient of the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2004), and was named a Singing Hoosiers Distinguished Alumna at Indiana University in 2005.

She has sung by invitation for former President and Mrs. George W. Bush, former President and Mrs. William Clinton, and former Senator Robert Dole; former Secretary of Defense William H. Cohen selected her to appear as a soloist at the annual Pentagon Pops concert in Los Angeles for an audience of over three hundred Hollywood celebrities. She was especially honored to be a featured soloist in the September 11, 2002 memorial service at the Pentagon, broadcast live on major national television networks.

Among the operatic roles she has played are the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni; soprano oratorio roles have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah (with Metropolitan Opera baritone Mark Oswald), Brahms’ German Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Mozart’s Mass in C Major (K. 220), in which she made her Lincoln Center debut. Her favorite leading roles in musical theatre have been Maria in West Side Story, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and both Rizzo and Sandy in Grease. She has also made solo appearances with the Hartford (CT) Symphony on Ice, the New Britain (CT) Symphony, the Santa Barbara (CA) Symphony, and the Bloomington (IN) Pops Orchestra.

She has coached with Thomas Allen and Stanford Olsen of the Metropolitan Opera, Warren Jones of the Manhattan School of Music, and the lieder team of Mitsuko Sherai and Hartmut Höll. Prominent conductors for whom she has been a soloist include Sir David Willcocks, George Guest, Stephen Darlington, and Dale Warland. She has also been a member of several professional choral groups, including Cornerstone Chorale and Brass Ensemble, The Woodland Scholars, Concora (and its Consort of Voices), the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, and voxhumana.

Highlights of her cabaret career include having been part of the Millennium Artists Series at the Kennedy Center and having twice been a finalist and prize winner at the prestigious American Traditions Competition, established to promote the heritage of American popular song. She is also a past fellow of the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium, where she studied with renowned cabaret artists Margaret Whiting and Julie Wilson. Recordings on which she is featured include the world premiere performance of Schubert’s Der Graf von Gleichen, two Coast Guard Band CDs, Americana and American Journeys, and her solo CD of songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Moon Country.

After serving as the Associate Conductor for the 2004-2005 national tour of Fiddler On The Roof, Ms. Thomas performed as an opera singer and pianist in the Artiste del Arte program at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and was also Associate Conductor and soprano soloist/section leader for the Desert Spring Arts Chorale, Conductor and Accompanist of the Sun City MusicMakers Chorale, and Music and Vocal Director for the premiere of Robin Hood, The Musical. In 2008, she performed as the Mother Abbess/Elsa understudy for the international tour of The Sound Of Music. In 2009, Ms. Thomas won the position of Artistic Director and Conductor for the West Hartford Women’s Chorale, an 80-voice auditioned chorus, and in the fall of 2010, she joined the music faculty at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke as a voice teacher specializing in musical theatre and commercial/jazz vocal styles. She also conducts the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and serves as Music Director/Vocal Music Supervisor/Pianist for all productions in the Musical Theatre degree program.