Francisco Javier Dudley de Alba (Paco) was born in Long Beach, California. He is a freelance clarinetist, lessons teacher, and composer in the Metro-Phoenix Area. Paco constantly seeks to spread his enthusiasm for the clarinet through teaching private lessons and giving sectionals with local band programs. He is currently working on a Masters of Music Performance Degree at Arizona State University (ASU) Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, studying under Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner. Paco received his Bachelor of Music Performance Degree at Columbus State University (CSU) Schwob School of Music in 2016 under the instruction of Dr. Lisa Oberlander. He has performed internationally in Ostend, Belgium and around France. In 2015, Paco was awarded the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival Chamber Music Award. He is also a member of the Vientos Dulces Clarinet Quartet, which was awarded Third Prize in the Art of Chamber Music International Music Competition in 2017.
In addition to his passion for the clarinet, Paco is an avid composer and arranger. He studied composition with Dr. James Ogburn, Dr. Matthew McCabe, and Dr. Fred Cohen during his time at CSU, and he is a former Vice President of the CSU Society of Composers. Paco has had several of his pieces premiered during his time at CSU and most recently at ASU. As an advocate of new music for the clarinet, he has premiered several works by emerging composers. Paco also has arranged several pieces for clarinet and various clarinet chamber groups.