Tracey has worked in lending for over 30 years with Green Tree, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and currently Chase commercial. His experience encompasses the full spectrum of roles from individual contributor to leadership and corporate structure. He is a singer too, with vocal scholarships in college, still singing in his church choir and as a paid troubadour at Christmas. His college choirs performed at ACDA twice and TMEA once as an undergraduate. Each of his daughters grew up in the Phoenix Girls Chorus from the age of seven through high school graduation.
Why I Serve PGC
I first became aware of Phoenix Girls Chorus when my son was singing in the Phoenix Boys Choir for Danya Tiller as his director. My daughters joined the choir and began to sing, each one of them when they were seven or eight years old. Each of them sang in the Girls Chorus for 10 or 11 years. Somewhere along the way a friend of mine, Mike Parker, president of the board then, asked me if I would consider being on the board. I said yes, and was elected to the board. What I found was a mom and pop type of organization, with great vision, needing better structure and direction. That was provided as the board and the choir struggled with a major split that happened. Danya was hired to come direct the Girls Chorus at about that time as well, and that’s when my daughters begin to truly enjoy singing. The level of musicianship and musical performance improved immediately, and has now reached a place of continued excellence. It’s so important for young people to know that something is a little bit larger than they are, but it’s not always just about them, and that they can be a part of excellence. Being in a group of musicians, whether instrumental or choral, is part of that development. Of course, my daughters blossomed with the Girls Chorus being part of their experience growing up. They love excellent music. They traveled internationally as part of something larger than themselves. They know how to interact and work with a lot of different kinds of people because of the experiences of the Girls Chorus. I would love to see that for every young lady. As I’ve been on the board, we’ve added more structure, and move toward a more sustainable organization. Board member development has been a key focus. We’ve grown up a lot in the last eight years, and when I look back it is amazing. My personal goal is to see the organization more sustainable and accessible for singers. This way every young lady, can grow in musicianship and in personal confidence. That girl can blossom as part of musical her excellence and find her voice being part of Phoenix Girls Chorus.