Traci Bluhm began studying flute at the age of 10 when she played her first note and hasn’t stopped since! She is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology while staying active in the university’s band programs including the Marching Illini. She has also earned her Bachelors of Music in Performance from Indiana University and Masters of Music at the University of Louisville. While at school, she was able to perform in various bands, orchestras, solos and chamber ensembles (including a flute ensemble, new music ensembles, and pit orchestras).
When not in school, Traci has enjoyed teaching and performing. She was assistant band director of Eastern High School in Louisville, KY when they marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 2010 and has had a private flute studio. She has performed in The Northshore Concert Band, Louisville Chamber Winds, Mothership, Eight:db, various pit orchestras and flute orchestras at the National Flute Convention. She has played under the conducting batons of Gary Smith, Mark Hindsley, Linda Moorhouse, Harry Begian, John Paynter, Frederick Fennell, James Keene, Fred Speck and many others. During her lifetime of playing, she has found a love of the piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. She loves playing new repertoire of the instruments and exploring their abilities in extended techniques. Composing and arranging for these instruments has become a natural outlet with her curiosity and love of these instruments.
Currently, Traci resides in Virginia Beach and performs with the Virginia Wind Symphony and the Hampton Roads Flute Choir. She also teaches privately and is a freelance musician in the Hampton Roads area. To learn more about Traci, click here.