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General Masterclass Information

Master classes with Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician Tracy Harris include world renowned guest artists. The classes also include orchestral excerpt classes, performance practice classes, flute choir classes, ensemble practice classes, flute and harp classes and much more, all offered in a nurturing, supportive environment. Yamaha Prizes are awarded each year to the top three performers. A special Gala Concert closes the master class, is open to the public on the last evening of the class, and includes all members of the class, as well as the Guest Artist. All participants and auditors will have the opportunity to play with the flute choir for the performance.

Participants will participate in all masterclasses, flute choir, final concert, and any other activities (private lessons available if desired). *Auditors will observe all masterclasses and participate in the flute choir, final concert, and private lessons (optional).The class is open to intermediate to professional level students, 12 years of age to Adult. Auditors are most welcome, however, space it limited to 25 performers and 45 auditors! Please contact us for more information and how to apply for any of the scheduled 2012 Tracy Harris Flute Masterclasses.

Contact Information

Contact us via Mail:
Mrs. Sandra Harris
Class Treasurer
P.O. Box 3326
Visalia California, 93278
E-mail: TracyHarrisFlute@Yahoo.com  
Wendy LeBlanc: Class Administrator

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Master Class Staff:

Tracy Harris:
Yamaha Performing Artist & Clinician

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Resident Composer for the Tracy Harris Flute Master Class: Todd Harris

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Students will have the opportunity to learn a new piece by a contemporary composer who will interact with the student performers and help them to understand the composer’s viewpoint.

Dr. Todd Harris has written music and poetry since his childhood. He lives and works in California, with his family and wife, Svetlana, a Russian Concert pianist. Dr. Harris is a commissioned composer and a research scientist, Director/Physicist at the Pacific Institute For Advanced Studies. He is completing his book on Sonology. His poems have been published in numerous books. Dr. Harris has pioneered in the development of contemporary composition. He developed the Modular Tonal system of composition and has written ten major piano concertos and several orchestral and chamber works using his new system. His works have been performed by major artists and concert orchestras.

Mr. Harris received his B.A. in Physics and Music from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied with composer Peter Fricker. He received his PhD. in Music and Literature from Sussex University in England.

Dr. Harris was awarded grants from the Edith Pillsbury Foundation for work on his Modular Tonal System and its application through his Piano Concerto #1. Mr. Harris is registered as a composing member of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the National Federation of Music Clubs. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society, and is listed in "Young Community Leaders of America."
In the recent notes written for the premieres of his works in Visalia’s Fox Theatre

Harris Speaks about his Sonology Theory:
"The purpose of all of my theory is to provide the modern composer with a compass, to guide him and to ensure that he will not be left unguided when he wanders from the familiar world of tonality to the new families of notes that make up today’s aesthetic. Modulation is controlled by new and more complete rules, and its underlying principles reborn into the world of modern consonances and dissonances. The New World of today’s sound is as unfamiliar and unexplained as the sounds of Bach’s time, before counterpoint was truly formalized - where formally there were no guides through the wilderness of note mixes which were undefined by traditional or conventional means, Bach brought order and rules to work in his sonic world. Centuries later, faced with a new sound crisis, Schoenberg spoke of his rules as providing an emancipation for dissonance. Today I speak of rebirth and salvation and even re-incarnation of modulation. Our new freedom comes in a time of post-post chromatic, and serial practice. I go beyond but include memes such as traditional scales and church modes. My theory explains musical anomalies of the past, while providing directions for the future. It explains, using recent advances in Brain theory, the discovery of what makes something sonorous versus chaotic or discordant. This understanding gives the composer the ability to govern and control his materials so that he can retain sonorousness without losing personal identity. There is no sacrifice of personal uniqueness - these rules are not stone-dwelling. Rather, the uniqueness will simply sound more controlled and less haphazardly experimental. Composers will understand how to shape their Modulations so that they become a matter of inclusion, and where exclusion is necessary to preserve a desired direction of motion."
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Staff Accompanist for the Tracy Harris Flute Master Class: Concert Pianist, Svetlana Rudikova-Harris

Svetlana "Lana" Harris' performances have been described as "outstanding" and "magical". 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. 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 in the Academy as well as Chairperson of the Vocal Accompaniment Department. 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 has held the position of staff accompanist for the College of the Sequoias music department and is a highly sought after vocal and instrumental accompanist. She is also the accompanist for Yamaha Performing Artist Tracy Harris and is the pianist in the award winning Wyndfall Trio. Mrs. Harris has played with the Santa Maria Symphony and the Tulare County Symphony among others.
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Staff Accompanist for the Tracy Harris Flute Master Class:
Concert Harpist-Wendy LeBlanc


Wendy LeBlanc is an accomplished and award winning concert harpist and currently concertizes extensively with her award winning trio called "Wyndfall" performing with her sister Tracy Harris, Yamaha Performing Artist and Concert Flutist, and her sister-in-law Russian concert pianist Svetlana Rudikova-Harris.

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"Tracy Harris has a way of bringing about meaningful change, expression and sound in her master class attendees.  Her ability to challenge players at all levels into wanting to play better is impressive and she manages to do this in an encouraging, instructive manner.  She's helped my playing tremendously!"
Karen Lindberg - Flutist/Piccolo - The Tulare County Symphony          

"Tracy creates a comfortable atmosphere which puts everyone at ease and ready to learn.
Speaking as one of her oldest students, she has the uncanny ability to relate to students of all ages & skill levels! She is a great example of professionalism, passion & top notch playing! 
I highly recommend her Masterclasses!" 
Becky Stinnett - Prinicipal Flutist - Clovis Concert Band

The Tracy Harris Master Class is an incredible opportunity to study with world-class artists.  It is an unforgettable experience!  I know that working with these top artists gave me the winning edge in my audition for the CBDA Honor Band.  Don't miss this opportunity to take your playing to the next level!
Gracie Reynolds - CBDA All-State Piccolo/Cal Poly All- State Flute 2011



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