Terry Pruitt is the Principal Bassist for The Santa Fe Symphony and Performance Santa Fe, and performs with Santa Fe Pro Musica as well as the New Mexico Philharmonic. Originally from Alton, Illinois, Terry began his musical studies on the guitar, but by the age of ten he had switched to the double bass. While completing his degree in Music Performance at Southern Illinois University, he studied with Henry Loew, Principal Bassist with the Saint Louis Symphony, and performed with the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.
After graduating, Terry won a position with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. One year later, he won the Principal Bass position with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, where he performed and taught for sixteen years. He also had additional private study during this period with Paul Ellison, Professor of Double Bass at Rice University; Eugene Levinson, Principal Bass with the New York Philharmonic; and David Walters of the Manhattan School of Music. While in Louisiana, Terry taught bass at Centenary College, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and Grambling State University, as well as privately.
Terry moved to New Mexico in 1996. During past summers he was Principal Bass in the International String Orchestra in Eisenstadt, Austria, as well as at the Bear Lake Music Festival in Utah. He also performed for 25 years with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California.
Terry was formerly the Music Librarian for the New Mexico Symphony, and later for The Santa Fe Symphony. When he finds time, Terry enjoys traveling on his BMW motorcycle.