BA in Saxophone Performance, Northeastern State University
MM in Jazz Studies, University of Central Oklahoma
DMA in Saxophone Performance, Texas Tech University
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Dr. Tracy Patterson is Assistant Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies at Winthrop University where he directs WU Jazz Ensemble I, teaches applied saxophone to undergraduate and graduate students, and directs various saxophone ensembles. Patterson holds the Bachelor of Arts in Saxophone Performance from Northeastern State University, the Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from Texas Tech University. While at the University of Central Oklahoma, Patterson worked with the Wind Symphony, award winning jazz ensembles, and was a guest lecturer for various woodwind, jazz, and conducting courses. He held the lead alto chair in the prestigious UCO Jazz Ensemble I, and was principle saxophonist in the UCO Wind Symphony. At TTU, Patterson served on the Jazz Studies and Musicology faculty from 2010-2013. He directed TTU Jazz Ensemble II, TTU Jazz Combo I, and lectured a jazz history course of over three hundred students. From 2011-2013, he served as adjunct professor of woodwinds at Lubbock Christian University. Patterson is an active educator and has performed workshops and master classes at conferences, universities, and high schools around the nation. In a recent highlight, he was invited to present his lecture titled, “Teaching Jazz Improvisation During Your Big Band Rehearsal” at the Texas Music Educators Conference in 2012.
Patterson’s arrangements of Igor Stravinsky’s Concertino: for string quartet, and Three Pieces: for string quartet recently made their international debut being performed by TTU Professor of Saxophone David Dees and other members of the TTU Saxophone Studio at the XVIth World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews, Scotland. The works were arranged for saxophone quartet as part of his doctoral dissertation, “Arranging the String Quartet Works of Igor Stravinsky for Saxophone Quartet.” Patterson was twice named the Collegiate Musician of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education. He is 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.
An in-demand musician performing in both jazz and concert genres, Patterson has had the pleasure of traveling the world, performing in numerous countries. In the summer of 2010 he completed a tour of Romania with the Jason Harms Jazz Quintet. As a concert saxophonist, he was featured a guest soloist with the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wind Symphony in 2011, performing the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra by Ingolf Dahl under the direction of Dr. Brian Lamb. He is an active chamber musician performing regularly with various saxophone quartets and ensembles. During his tenure as the alto saxophonist with the Amizade Saxophone Quartet, the ensemble was a finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and presented programs at numerous national conferences. As a woodwind doubler, Patterson has showcased his ability playing for touring shows such as The Rat Pack Live at the Sands and Lorna Luft: Songs My Mother (Judy Garland) Taught Me. He has performed or recorded with Robin Eubanks, Natalie Cole, Scott Wenholdt, Conrad Herwig, Linda Eder, Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, The Jason Harms Jazz Quintet, The Edmond Jazz Orchestra, The Temptations, The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and The Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
Patterson resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina with his wife Joy, and their five-year-old Pug/ Beagle mix named Puggle.