Clarinetist Tracey Paddock grew up in Alexandria, VA, where she studied with U.S. Air Force Band clarinetist Wayne Titerence. Upon graduation from West Potomac High School, Paddock began clarinet studies with James Campbell at Indiana University as a Herriman Clarinet Scholar. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree at IU, Paddock was awarded a Fulbright Grant to pursue a Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London. While in London, she studied with Angela Malsbury, Keith Puddy, and Richard Addison, and participated in lessons or masterclasses with Karl Leister, Thea King, Andrew Marriner, and Gervase de Peyer. Upon her return to the US, Paddock received a Florida State University Fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Music degree with Dr. Frank Kowalsky. She completed the degree in 2011, and her treatise, “A Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Clarinetists,” is a widely-cited reference.
In 1998, Paddock won a position with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, from which she recently retired, in April 2020, after more than 21 years of service providing music for the President of the United States and countless international dignitaries, and giving concert performances across the country and overseas. Paddock was a frequent soloist with the Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra and was very active as a chamber musician.
Throughout her career with the Marine Band, Paddock was very involved with educational outreach and served as the Tour Education Outreach Coordinator during several of the band’s annual National Tours. In this capacity, she has influenced thousands of students in schools and colleges across the country, often in small towns where opportunities to interact with professional musicians are rare. She has been a private clarinet instructor in Northern Virginia for more than two decades, with students who have gone on to pursue music degrees at Indiana, Florida State, DePaul, George Mason, and James Madison Universities. Paddock currently resides in St. Augustine, FL.
Teaching Criteria (age and restrictions): beginners through graduate students, including adult students of any level. Dr. Paddock specializes in preparing high school students for college auditions and teaching college and graduate students but is open to teaching any dedicated student of any age or level.