Education Director

Traci Huff

Traci Huff has been a professional violist for almost twenty years. As a young student, she studied under David Holland at Interlochen Center for the Arts and had the honor of performing in over nine countries throughout Europe as a soloist with the Michigan Ambassadors of Music.  Traci was a section violist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Rhodes. She obtained her degree in Viola Performance from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts under the tutelage of the prodigious violist, Roger Chase.


She has garnered a strong background as a chamber musician and has studied with the numerous quartets, such as the Shanghai String Quartet and the Penderecki String Quartet. As a passionate advocate for new music, she performs with many ensembles in and around Chicago, including the Chicago Composers Orchestra and Chicago Fringe Opera. She has also performed and recorded numerous albums with local bands Origin of Animal and A Light Sleeper.


As an educator, she has been passionate about developing inclusive and collaborative musical education systems regardless of age or degree of aspiration. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity and ability to make music a part of their lives and strives to cultivate unique lesson environments to suit the needs of each student. This passion for positive and inclusive music education extends to cultivating a path for teacher development to help create a positive musical education environment so that creativity in all its forms can thrive. As Director of Education for Access Contemporary Music, Traci uses her extensive experience to train capable, adaptable music educators who bring out the best in their students on a daily basis.