Dr. Matthew Patnode
Saxophone, Jazz Studies
Office: 211 Music Education Building
Phone: (701) 231-7872
- D.M.A., Arizona State University
- M.M., Arizona State University
- B.M., State University of New York College at Potsdam
Matthew Patnode holds degrees and certificates from Arizona State University, the State University of New York at Potsdam, and the Conservatoire National de Musique in Bordeaux, France. He has studied saxophone performance and pedagogy with James Stoltie, Jean-Marie Londeix, and Joseph Wytko. Dr. Patnode has also conducted research involving the integration of fiber-optic technology to aid current saxophone pedagogical methods. In addition to teaching saxophone and directing NDSU’s award-winning saxophone quartets, he also teaches jazz improvisation and combos.
Dr. Patnode has performed as a concerto soloist with the ASU Symphony Orchestra, the Crane Symphony Orchestra, and as orchestral saxophonist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Pops orchestra, and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. He has also premiered works for saxophone and saxophone quartet at National North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences and the World Saxophone Conference.
In the jazz area, Matt has performed with such noted artists as Phil Woods, Chris Vadala, Buddy DeFranco, Jimmy Heath, Allen Vizzutti, Doc Severenson and Monty Alexander, and also in groups backing up singers Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Valli, Martha Reeves, Frankie Avalon, and Wayne Newton. He performs as soprano saxophonist with the Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet, and recently released a CD with them in 2006 entitled April in Fargo.
Prior to his appointment at NDSU, Dr. Patnode has served on the faculties of Northern State University and Scottsdale Community College and often performs throughout the nation as a recitalist and clinician. In the Fargo area Matt can be heard performing with jazz groups, the Hard-Bop Saxophone Quartet, and the Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome.