Taylor W. Tracy, Artistic Director & Conductor
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 directs 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!
Paul Seiz, Program Director of Arts Education
Paul Seiz is an entertainer, music director, pianist and singer. Born in Rock Island, Illinois; a small but quaint city, three hours west of Chicago taught him the meaning of life and the value of arts in such a charming community such Rock Island!
Paul obtained his Bachelors in Commercial Music with a minor in Theater from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Additionally, Paul recently obtained a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Innovation from the University of Missouri Kansas City.
Upon graduation, Paul served as Resident Music Director for Playhouse on the Square, a nonprofit professional theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. Thereafter graduation, Paul was graciously afforded various projects in both New York City and Denver as a professional musician before accepted his current role here in Kansas City. Paul serves as Entertainment Director at Howl at the Moon, a live music venue in downtown Kansas City. The band under his tutelage performs five nights a week and provides young, music entertainers the opportunity to learn and grow in the live music business.
Paul met his wife Brooke while playing piano over many summers in Alaska and the two embarked on a memorable sojourn to Ghana to study West Africa drumming, dancing, and education. He and Brooke occasionally wade into the jazz scene as A Couple Duets. They currently reside in Overland Park and both are excited and committed to raising their three adorably crazy children.
Paul made mention that “The evolving mission and vision for Fountain City Performing Arts is beautiful and honorable and I consider it a duty to make an impact in Kansas City, working with young people in the most positive and impactful ways through the arts”.