Faye Bruggink (Clarinet)
Faye Bruggink has been playing clarinet for almost 25 years. Maintaining first chair status in Madison middle and high school bands and orchestras by taking private lessons with Nancy Mackenzie, principal clarinetist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, she also played in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) and attended the Wisconsin School of Music Association’s Honor Band music camp. She traveled to England and Scotland as part of WYSO’s Youth Orchestra under the direction of UW-Madison School of Music Professor James Smith in 1989 for the International Youth Music Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland. Continuing with the clarinet and taking up the electric bass guitar in the last decade, Faye has been playing in several small ensembles with Tracy Jane Comer since the new millennium, including a trio with Theresa Eisenbraun (flute), Alchemy Trio with Mary Driscoll (flute), and currently, Elixir Chamber Trio with Diane Madsen (piano and flute).
Tracy Jane Comer (Cello)
North Carolina native Tracy Jane Comer is a multi-instrumentalist and award-winning singer/songwriter with a thriving solo career, apart from her current involvement with Elixir Chamber Trio and other groups including Alchemy Ensemble and Sticky Fingers (folk trio). Tracy has had many years of study in piano, cello, guitar, and voice, and also plays violin and hammered dulcimer. Tracy has also been a member of several ensembles including the JART String Quartet (as cellist), TNT (as pianist with flutist Theresa Eisenbraun), A Piacere (as cellist, with Theresa Eisenbraun plus pianist Vida Stark), Romanza Trio (as cellist, with guitarist Mark Heller and flutist Laura Lentz). Many of the works performed by these ensembles (including Elixir) were arranged or adapted by Tracy. She has also taught piano, cello, and guitar and has years of experience of piano accompanying in school and church settings. As a singer/songwriter, Tracy has released two full-length solo recordings of her original contemporary folk music, and has received four nominations by the Madison Area Music Awards, two each for BEST ACOUSTIC ARTIST and BEST ACOUSTIC ALBUM. She is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP-Plus Award and has been recognized three times by VH-1's Song of the Year International Songwriting Competition. Her music is now receiving radio play across the U.S. as well as in Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, Germany, and Japan. For more information about Tracy's solo singer/songwriter work, see www.tracyjanecomer.com. Tracy is also available as solo pianist, accompanist, cellist, and/or singer for your wedding or wedding or special event; see www.tracyjanecomer.com/Demos_Wedding.htm for more.
Diane Madsen (Piano)
Diane Madsen has been sharing her love of music over the past 30 years in numerous capacities across the country. She has been a music educator in the Nebraska public schools, an adjunct professor in music appreciation at Saint Joseph's College of Maine, and has maintained a private piano studio teaching students of all ages, beginner through advanced levels in NE, IL, ME and now WI. She has served as Church Musician at Grace Lutheran Church in Libertyville, IL and continues to play the organ, accompany Chancel Choir, and direct Gospbells (a handbell choir) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison. Professionally she is a member of Elixir Chamber Trio and currently volunteers her time as Program Director of the Friends of the Middleton-Cross Plains Performing Arts Center. When not practicing, teaching, accompanying, directing, performing, or volunteering, Diane's greatest satisfaction comes from being with family her husband Gary, sons Lars (a second year law student at Creighton University) and Leif (a sophomore at Luther College), and Silke (an 11 year old cairn terrier).