School of Music Director Dr. Tracy Doyle

After a lengthy and exhaustive search, the School of Music has hired Dr. Tracy Doyle as its new director.  Her artistry, innovative ideas, and great energy will enhance the School of Music’s commitment to guiding students toward outstanding achievements in performance, scholarship, and teaching.  Dr. Doyle will begin her tenure on July 1, 2020, and we are thrilled to welcome her to campus this summer!  

Dr. Tracy Doyle comes to the University of Puget Sound from Adams State University in Colorado where she has served in multiple roles over the last fifteen years, including Professor of Music, Chair of the Department of Music, and Director of the Master of Arts in Music Education program. Advocacy, equity, and community engagement are at the heart of Tracy’s work as a musician, educator, and leader.   

She has taught at a variety of levels including elementary general music, secondary instrumental music, and in higher education. At Adams State she was a recipient of the Presidential Teaching Award and has taught applied flute, chamber music, and courses in music education. Tracy’s wholistic philosophy of music education inextricably links education with performance.

Multidisciplinary collaboration is at the core of Tracy’s creative activity as a flutist. She finds joy in performing in a variety of settings ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral to Irish traditional music. Performances have taken her throughout the United States, Australia, and Japan. As a member of the Japanese-American Apricity Trio, with clarinetist Chiho Sugo and percussionist James Doyle, she recently released a CD titled Sandhill Crane featuring newly commissioned works and new music, as well as standard repertoire. Tracy is a regular performer at the National Flute Association Convention and was recently a winner of the Convention Performers Competition, premiering several new works for flute and piccolo. Tracy currently serves as piccoloist with the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado and is on faculty with the Santa Fe Flute Immersion summer intensive.   

Tracy earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in music education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Tracy is a graduate of the 2013 HERS Denver Institute, a leadership program for women in higher education. In her free time Tracy enjoys hiking, kayaking, yoga, cooking, and spending time outside with her dogs.   

Welcome to Puget Sound, Dr. Doyle!