Tracy’s enthusiasm and passion for bringing people together with song has earned him international acclaim and recognition. He’s a remarkable teacher and motivator who makes rehearsals a joy and performances an unforgettable experience. No matter if he’s directing in a small church chapel or Carnegie Hall – Tracy always inspires the very best performance from his choirs
A graduate of Friends University, in Wichita, Kansas, Tracy Resseguie has served as the director of choral activities at Staley High School since it opened in fall of 2008. He is proud to premier another Dan Forrest piece with his Falcon Chorale from Staley High School. Before coming to Staley, Resseguie was the director of choirs at Shawnee Mission East High School for 12 years where he had great success with recruiting over 400 students in choir. Under his direction, the choir at Shawnee Mission East toured internationally three times. Italy in 2001, a special invitation to sing at J. S. Bach Church in Leipzig Germany on the date of his birth in 2004, and Ireland in 2006.
His choirs have been chosen to perform at the state level music convention numerous times and also Southwest ACDA. Resseguie’s choirs have been titled Grand Champion, outstanding small Chamber Choir as well as outstanding large Concert Choir at the Winter Park Ski Music Festival as well as other festivals. Resseguie’s choir also performed three solo concerts at Carnegie Hall in by invitation. In February of 2007, he conducted the New England Philharmonic and his choir did the world premier of Dan Forrest’s Arise Shine which has now become his best seller of choral music. His Choir’s have performed with the Kansas City Symphony and he conducted the Kansas City Wind Symphony while his choirs of over 400 performed the Carmina Burana in a wonderful concert in Yardley Hall on the campus of Johnson County Community College.
Most recently, Mr. Resseguie traveled to Norway in Spring 2011 with the Staley High School. His choir toured Norway with the piece “Over Havet,” which was composed by Dan Forrest and Anthony Silvestri for the Staley Choir. This piece was inspired by the life experiences of Mr. Resseguie’s great-grandfather, Peter Mandius Nerland who emigrated from Norway to the United States in the late 19th century. While in Norway, the choir had the opportunity to perform “Over Havet” in Hesbe church on Finnoy Island, where Mr. Nerland was baptized. The choir performed “Over Havet” in the Great Hall of Ellis Island, where Mr. Nerland had traveled through over 100 years ago. This performance gave the Staley Choir the distinction of being the only choir to ever sing inside the walls of Ellis Island.
Honored as the Outstanding Young Choral Conductor of the Year in 1993 by the Kansas Choral Directors Association, Resseguie has directed numerous All-District choral festivals at elementary, junior-high and high school levels. He has served as the R & S Men’s Choir Chair for the Southwest American Choral Director’s Association, and has chaired the Northeast District KMEA, and state ACDA boards. he completed his graduate work at the University of Kansas, where he holds a Masters in Music Ed choral Pedagogy. He served as the choral coordinator and a clinician for the KU Midwestern Music Camp from 93 until 2006, and is also the Minister of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. He is married to Hollie Resseguie, and he has four wonderful children: Jamie, Kirk, Kyle, and Kara.