Taylor W. Tracy, Artistic Director
Taylor Tracy is a conductor, singer and tubist. With a decade of conducting experience, both choral and instrumental, Mr. Tracy keeps a busy schedule. In addition to Artistic Director of Fountain City Performing Arts, Taylor is the founder and artistic director of the 50+ voice community chorus, United in Voice based in Kansas City and director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Independence, MO where he directors four ensembles.
Taylor has completed extensive coursework in choral and instrumental education at Wichita State University where he served as the principal tubist for the Wichita State Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Brass Quintet. As principal tubist, Taylor was featured on CBS Sunday Morning News and collaborated with opera legends Sam Ramey, Allen Held, and Carlisle Floyd. In addition, Taylor studied with Dr. Tom Wine and Dr. Michael Hanawalt. Taylor is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Public Administration and Economics at the University of Kansas.
Taylor has served as the director of music in congregations ranging in size from sixty to two-thousand and directed ensembles that have ranged in size from six to one-hundred and eighty. Ensembles under Taylor’s baton have toured throughout the United States and consistently demonstrate artistic creativity and musical excellence.
Additionally, Taylor has served as a co-founder and board member of the Wichita chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians along with memberships with American Choral Directors Association, Kansas Choral Directors Association, Kansas Music Educators Association, Missouri Choral Directors Association, American Strings Teachers Association and the American Guild of Organists. In addition to his conducting experience, Taylor is also an accomplished tubist and baritone (voice) with performances throughout Europe and the United States. Recent tours include New York City, Seattle, Vancouver (B.C.), Portland, Dublin, Paris, London, and Orlando.
Taylor is deeply passionate about creating environments where students can experience awe and wonder through music. Mr. Tracy is equally committed to using his craft to grow and develop musicians and ensembles in order to create and share music at the highest level of quality (and keeping it fun and exciting!) Taylor is driven to lead Fountain City Performing Arts as our Artistic Director and Conductor to expand our organization and provide a program where confidence and self-discovery are cultivated through the arts!