Trumpet performer and educator Traci Nelson is known for her rich tone, her highly developed sense of musicality and style, and her effusive creativity. Traci has performed with numerous ensembles across the country including the Denver Brass, the Wheaton Band, the Oistrach Symphony, and the elite ensembles of Depaul University's School of Music and the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. Traci has been invited to serve as principal trumpet of the Tuscia Opera Festival with the International Lyric Academy in Viterbo and Rome, Italy in the summer of 2010. An active member of the International Trumpet Guild, Traci was honored with their Young Artist Award in June 2005. Traci is passionate about making music and sharing her passion for performance with others.
Traci grew up in beautiful West-Central Minnesota where she began studying trumpet in the fifth grade. Early teachers include Dr. Neil Mueller and Manny Laureano of the Minnesota Orchestra. Traci was featured as a soloist with the Fergus Falls High School Wind Ensemble on Arban's Carnival of Venice and its Orchestra on Hadyn's Trumpet Concerto in Eb in May, 2005. Traci served as principal trumpet of the MN All-State Orchestra in 2004-2005, the finale in a six year run in the MN All-State system.
Traci received a Bachelor's Degree in Trumpet Performance from DePaul University of Chicago, IL in June, 2009, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her primary teachers at DePaul were Chicago Symphony Orchestra members John Hagstrom and Tage Larsen, and Matthew Lee. During her time in Chicago Traci performed with countless ensembles in and outside of the school, including DePaul's Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, the Classical Orchestra of Chicago, various brass ensembles including quintets, trios, trumpet ensembles, and more.
Traci currently resides in Denver, Colorado where she is trumpeting her way toward a Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, studying with Al Hood and serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Traci also freelances and teaches throughout the Denver metro area.
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