Tracy Fehr’s Biography
Lyric Coloratura Soprano, Tracy Fehr has held numerous performances in Canada, Central America, North Africa and the UK. She performs with orchestras and chamber ensembles, and is increasingly in demand as a solo recitalist, known for her vocal agility, clarity of tone, and sensitive interpretations.
Tracy specializes in Baroque and Early Music, frequently performing works by Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, Dowland, and Bach. Tracy’s wide-ranging concert repertoire includes Opera, Art Songs, Lieder, and 20th Century, as well as Broadway favourites and arrangements of African-American Spirituals.
Tracy has been featured on HGTV’s Makeover Wish: Something to Sing About; Premier Christian Radio in London, England; Cross Rhythms Radio in Cheshire, UK; CHBC; Shaw TV; CBC radio; Giant FM, Penticton; Okanagan Life Magazine, Who Among Us; UBC Okanagan Minds and Music Series, and Tunis Live.net.
Tracy creates well-crafted concerts choosing repertoire specifically geared to each audience, featuring Fauré, Bellini, Brahms, Schubert, Verdi, Puccini, de Falla, Valls, Villa Lobos, and Gershwin, and female composers such as Beatrice de Dia, Isabella Leonarda, Barbara Strozzi, Hildegard von Bingen, and Canadian composer, Jean Coulthard.
Tracy presents concerts in North America, the UK and North Africa with A Song for Hope/Chansons L’Espoir concert series including performances at the British Embassy, Palais Ennejma Ezzahra, Sfax Municipal Theatre, and at universities, community halls, schools, churches and theatres.
In 2008, Tracy and ACT Development (http://www.actdev.org), an organization that works with people at risk in Tunisia, began a livelihood project to assist single mothers and disadvantaged women. Through donations and monthly sponsorships, this non-profit organization helps unwed mothers and marginalized women receive training and funds to set up small home-based businesses. Tracy’s A Song for Hope/Chansons L’Espoir tours raise funds and awareness for the livelihood project through concerts, masterclasses, and radio and media interviews.
As an experienced vocal instructor at her private studios in Penticton and Summerland, Tracy focuses on the holistic approach to singing: healthy vocal production, understanding the support mechanism, the emotional elements of singing, and individual direction and goals for singers, using the Royal Conservatory of Music and supplemented curriculum.
Tracy’s “Voices in Song” concert series gives a performing platform to amateur singers while raising funds for projects in third world countries. Past projects have seen funds donated to the Caia Connection’s project for HIV/AIDS orphans in the Caia District of Mozambique, Watoto Child Care Ministries, the Asia Emergency Fund set up by the Mennonite Central Committee, the Penticton and Area Women’s Centre, as well as several fundraisers for local Habitat for Humanity projects. On a humanitarian trip to Guazacapan, Guatemala in March, 2008, Tracy was involved in musical projects with the Casa Esperanza (safe home for abandoned and neglected children).
Tracy’s solo CD, Over My Head, a fusion of Classical, Jazz and Middle-Eastern Influences was released in November, 2008. Over My Head was nominated for several awards including the Gospel Music Association of Canada’s Covenant Award for Classical/Traditional Album of the Year, Classical/Traditional Song of the Year, and for the BC Interior Music Awards!
Tracy received the Rotary Vocational Award, February,2010, at the Summerland Community Excellence Awards Gala event. On March 5th, 2011 Tracy received an Arts Award at the Sowins 6th annual Women Front & Centre Awards Dinner and Gala in Penticton, BC. With this award came a beautiful original piece of artwork by Laila Campbell.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance from the University of Alberta, with distinction, and an A.R.C.T. in Singing, Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. She is a member of the BC Registered Music Teachers’ Association.