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 Patterson, Tracy   Name:  Tracy Patterson 
Title:  Assistant Professor 
BA in Saxophone Performance, Northeastern State University
MM in Jazz Studies, University of Central Oklahoma
DMA in Saxophone Performance, Texas Tech University
Office:  225 Conservatory of Music  
Phone:  803-323-4515 
Web:  Tracy Patterson's website  
Jazz Studies

Dr. Tracy Patterson is an Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  He directs the Winthrop University Swingin’ Eagles Jazz Ensemble, teaches applied saxophone, and directs saxophone chamber ensembles.  An energetic and diverse performer, Patterson has premiered numerous works for the saxophone, and is active in the commissioning of new music.  Equally equipped as a classical and jazz saxophonist, Patterson has appeared as a soloist in many different settings.

As a concert saxophonist, he was featured with the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wind Symphony in 2011, performing the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra by Ingolf Dahl. In 2014, he performed Claude T. Smith’s Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band with the Winthrop University Wind Symphony at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference.  As a jazz saxophonist, he has toured the world performing with various ensembles.  In the summer of 2010, he completed a tour of Romania with the Jason Harms Jazz Quintet. 

A native of Oklahoma, he was a member of the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra and the Edmond Jazz Orchestra from 2007 - 2009. While in residency at Texas Tech University, he performed for President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.  An active orchestral musician, Patterson has appeared multiple times with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

Patterson was twice named the Collegiate Musician of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the International Association for
Jazz Education.  He was the recipient of the outstanding soloist award at the Wichita Jazz Festival in 2008 and 2009 and the Addison Jazz Festival in 2003 and 2008. He received the Academic Achievement Award from Northeastern State University’s College of Arts and Letters, and was named the Graduate Student of the Year by the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Arts, Media, and Design.

During his tenure as the alto saxophonist with the Amizade Saxophone Quartet, the ensemble was a finalist at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition.  Patterson presents and performs at national and international conferences regularly, and is an active researcher and author on all things music and saxophone.  Patterson regularly performs masterclasses across the country, and often performs as a guest artist with high school and university ensembles.
Patterson received the Bachelor of Arts in Saxophone Performance from Northeastern State University (2007), the Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma (2009), and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from Texas Tech University (2012).  He has previously served on the faculty at Lubbock Christian University and Texas Tech University.

Patterson resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with his wife Joy, and their six-year-old Pug/Beagle mix named Puggle.
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