Biography

Saxophonist Mary Joy Patchett is an avid supporter and performer of new music. Mary Joy is a founding member of the viola and saxophone duo, patchtax, which has been actively performing in Boston and New York since 2013. The duo often collaborates with other artists, most recently combining their efforts with a dancer and lighting designer. Patchtax completed their first album, which was the result of a fully crowdfunded tour and recording project that took them to Vermont, Montreal and Quebec City over the summer of 2015. This past season, Mary Joy has performed with the EQ Ensemble, Sound Icon, Tanglewood Music Center, Chagall Performing Arts Collective, among others. She recently recorded a chamber opera by Beth Wiemann and premiered a baritone saxophone version of a solo work by William Kenlon. Mary Joy was in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada in February 2016.

Past projects have included appearances with/at the New York City Electronic Music Festival, Boston Microtonal Society, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society in New York, and the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble. Mary Joy has performed as a soloist in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with the NEC Contemporary Ensemble. As an ensemble member, she performed with the Paris Conservatory’s Saxophone Ensemble and has toured the Midwest with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Mary Joy toured Holland with the Thump Quartet, an all-female saxophone quartet in 2007. As a member of the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ms. Patchett has premiered several solo and ensemble works at the annual Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France, as well as the 2012 La Pietra Forum in Florence, Italy. She was an artist in residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming in January of 2015.

Ms. Patchett has played in masterclasses with renowned saxophonists including Jean-Marie Londeix, Jean-Michel Goury and the members of the Rascher Saxophone Quartet. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory studying with Ken Radnofsky, and a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music studying with Chien-Kwan Lin. Mary Joy has studied natural movement, massage therapy, eastern medicine, with a special passion for injury prevention with musicians. She is currently studying to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist and is a certified MovNat trainer.  Mary Joy lives in Boston and teaches saxophone at the Wellesley Public Schools.

Short Bio: Saxophonist Mary Joy Patchett is an avid supporter and performer of new music. She is a member of the viola and saxophone duo, patchtax, which recently embarked on a west coast tour. Patchtax completed their first album, which was the result of a crowdfunded tour and recording project. Mary Joy has most recently performed with the EQ Ensemble, Sound Icon, and Tanglewood Music Center. She was in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in February 2016. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory, and a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music.