Tracy Leonard, assistant principal horn, moved to Naples in 1990 from Miami, where she performed with the New World Symphony for one year. Previously she traveled in the United States and Europe with tours of The King and I, Into the Woods and West Side Story. A native of New Jersey, Leonard earned her B.M. degree from Indiana University and her M.M. degree from the Juilliard School.
Leonard has performed with the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the National Orchestra of New York, the New York String Orchestra and the Jupiter Symphony. Leonard was on a leave of absence during the 1995-96 season to play the national tour of Phantom of the Opera. Leonard enjoys spending her spare time with her greyhound and playing tennis. She has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1990.
Tracy Leonard is underwritten by Mrs. J.L. Hakes.
Name: Tracy E. Leonard
Hometown: Medford, NJ
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 10
Who have been your greatest musical influences? Randy Gardner, my horn teacher all through high school, and Joni Mitchell.
Who are your favorite composers? Brahms, Prokofiev, Shostakovich.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Probably biology. Working in a lab doing some kind of research.
What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Punch Brothers, Radiohead, Ben Folds.
Your hobbies and interests: Tennis, golf, movies, food, old tube amps.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I love cool pens.
Funniest concert moment: Inhaling a bug playing Lion King at a pops concert. It was gross.
Daily practice rituals: Taking the hardest licks in my music and practicing them over and over, slow to fast – with a ballgame on.
The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "Why did you choose the French horn?" My answer: "In fifth grade, they needed one in the school band."
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic: The people I work with. They're awesome.