By Gayle Beacock, Beacock Music & Education Center
We recently lost our dear Tracy Allen. Many of you remember Tracy from her enthusiastic attendance at past RPMDA conventions. I used to tease her that she knew more people than I did and I was President!
That was Tracy. Instantly learning everyone’s names with a Facebook friend request fast-coming! She was a bright light, a fantastic musician, a beloved staff member, and to me and many others, a friend.
Tracy came to work at Beacock Music on June 1, 2010. Previously she was a member of the team at Sheet Music Service of Portland, working with David Wood and Michael Sagun. It was there that her love for the print music industry developed and blossomed. When they closed their doors, she appeared at my desk with her big smile, and started her career with us that very day!
Tracy graduated with a piano performance degree from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon. She was a great pianist and a wonderful accompanist. She knew so much about music and music theory, that our staff often played a game called “stump Tracy!” We would challenge our customers and staff to ask her music-related question. If they could stump her, they won a cookie from our café! Over the 10 years I worked with Tracy, we never gave away one single cookie. She knew her stuff!
Tracy was recently married to the love of her life, Avery. Never had she imagined such happiness! At solo ensemble contest, where Tracy would be accompanying many students, Avery was right there by her side. Carrying her tote full of music, keeping track of her performance times and room assignments, bringing her water, or even turning pages. It didn’t matter—he was always right by her side supporting her. Tracy was living her best life!
On the day Tracy died, she was being Tracy. Celebrating her friend’s birthday. Out in the world participating. That is who she was. She participated in life at any opportunity, and always said YES to a suggestion. She wanted to do everything! I loved that about her. Some of our best times were standing around in our print department talking about our weekends, funny customer stories, or discussing our next store promotion. She was always right in the middle of any activity going on!
Oh, Tracy. It isn’t the same around here without you. Not even a little. We remember your sweet smile, the sarcastic teasing, your musical talents. But most of all we miss that heart of yours. You were kind to everyone.
Rest in Peace sweet girl. You gave much to the world in your short time here.