Saxophonist Matthew Tracy is active as both a performer and teacher throughout Michigan. Matthew was the 2009 recipient of both the Patricia A. Nixon woodwind scholarship and the Birmingham Musicale’s Betty J. Hixon award. He was chosen as a winner of the Michigan State University Honors Concerto Competition in 2012, the highest award given to performers at the university. As a chamber musician Tracy has found success, winning first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and second prize in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. He was a finalist in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2013 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, studying under John Nichol and Joseph Lulloff, respectively. Tracy is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State, spending time as a teaching assistant in both the saxophone and music theory areas.
In addition to his duties at Alma College, Tracy teaches a large studio of private students throughout the Lansing area.