Meet Our Talented Staff
Harrisburg Gay Men's Chorus is pleased to present our amazing and talented staff: Stephanie Lynne Smith, Interim Artistic Director and Tracy Wieseman, Assistant Artistic Director and Accompanist.
Stephanie Lynne Smith, Interim Artistic Director
Somewhere along the way to becoming a concert pianist, Stephanie fell in love with singers and discovered her passion for promoting composers and new compositions. After several decades of touring, conducting and producing, she is thrilled to live in Oregon full-time. Stephanie promotes a life of balance that includes the arts, self-care, and stress reduction.
Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (1998) from University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Music in Chamber Music Performance (2001) from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In the Bay Area, she served as Artistic Director for the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, commissioning “Halloween in the Castro: A Horror Opera” by Jack Curtis Dubowsky and the musical “Group Therapy” by June Bonacich, along with countless pieces for choir and solo voice. She has accompanied luminaries such as Alan Cumming, B.D. Wong, Sharon McNight, and toured with Bugs Bunny at the Symphony as pianist/slide guitarist, performing with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. In 2013, Stephanie was Artist in Residence at the Shari Carlson Studio and wrote, directed and starred in her original play titled “High Anxiety: One Woman’s Journey” that chronicled her performance anxiety. For the last 10 years, she has toured with Broadway veteran Franc D’Ambrosio (The Godfather III/Phantom of the Opera) and had the privilege of witnessing and playing for the ceremony knighting him “Cavaliere” by the Italian government. Stephanie aka “Miss Smith” loves to encourage and support local, living composers and has produced “The Music of Paul James Frantz,” “The Journey So Far: Music of Jeff Becker,” and “My Magically Talented Friends” showcase of composers in the Miss Smith studios.
In October 2021, she accepted a staff teaching position in Portland at Resound NW: A Place to Sing and maintains her performance studios in Salem, Portland and San Francisco. Stephanie has a passion for interim work and is looking forward to seeing Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus through its 35th Anniversary Season. Hello, Pennsylvania! I can’t wait to meet you!
Tracy Wieseman, Assistant Artistic Director And Accompanist
Tracy Wieseman is the Assistant Director and Principal Accompanist for the Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus. Tracy is the Music Associate at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church. At Silver Spring, she directs the Children’s Choir and performs as a vocalist and pianist in the Gathering Band. Tracy is currently a high school music teacher at Commonwealth Charter Academy and a vocal and piano instructor in Mechanicsburg, PA. Tracy has taught in the Northern Lehigh School District, Penns Valley Area School District, Northern York County School District, and West Shore School District. She is a member of the Threefold Cord Women’s Choir sponsored by Messiah College. She has been the accompanist for various choral festivals in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties. She has accompanied and musically directed various musicals in Cumberland and Dauphin Counties. She has a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University and has studied voice with Dr. Jane Wyss, Dr. Randi Marrazzo, Dr. Alan Wagner, Dr. Joy Meade, and Larry Marietta. While at West Chester University, Tracy studied piano with Dr. Terry Klinefelter (although she had previous taken piano lessons from various teachers since the age of 4). Tracy has performed with the West Chester University Alumnae Concert Choir in Italy, London, Amsterdam, and Paris. She was a member of the prestigious Bethlehem Bach Choir when she lived in the Allentown area. She has performed with the Cedar Cliff Chamber Singers Alumnae Choir as both a singer and accompanist. Tracy enjoys composing both vocal and piano music.