Our Performer

Tracy LaGuardia

Tracy LaGuardia has been a professional musician for 42 years. She is a native of Colorado Springs and has been a resident of the Denver area for those 42 years. A former private and public school music teacher, Ms. LaGuardia received her Bachelor’s Degree in music education from The University of Denver in 1985. Tracy taught for several years in the Denver and Cherry Creek districts. She is also a vocalist in many different performing groups. Ms. LaGuardia has been concertmaster of The Littleton Symphony, The Rocky Mountain Chamber Orchestra, and The Arapahoe Philharmonic. She has also performed with The Denver Symphony, The Colorado Springs Symphony, The Cheyenne Symphony, The Longmont Symphony, and many others. She performs in several country bands (playing at the Stock Show and Cheyenne Frontier Days), jazz groups, rock groups, and runs her own booking agency- A Touch of Class Music. Her agency specializes in weddings & she plays in many different chamber ensembles for ceremonies and receptions. 

She taught private violin & viola lessons for 30 years and was the conductor of the Colorado Youth String Orchestra from 1983-1999 and the AP Youth String Orchestras from 1999-2011. Tracy has guest-conducted several honor orchestras throughout Colorado.

As a freelance performer, Tracy has appeared with many stars, including Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Led Zeppelin, Lyle Lovett, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Sarah Brightman, Natalie Cole, Bob Hope, Doc Severinsen, John Tesh, Sandi Patti, Richard Marx, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Kristen Chenoweth, Earth Wind & Fire, Little River Band, and Michael Buble.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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