Dr. Matthew Tracy is active as a saxophone performer and teacher throughout Michigan. Tracy is a 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 won the silver medal in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Tracy holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in saxophone performance from Michigan State University, serving as a teaching assistant to Professor Joseph Lulloff. He earned a Bachelors degree in saxophone performance from Central Michigan University, studying under Professor John Nichol.
In addition to his duties at Alma College, Tracy teaches a large studio of private students throughout central and western Michigan.