Alexandra, is an active performing flutist, pianist, and organist. She began her musical studies at the age of five with the piano, picked up the flute at age nine, and the organ at twelve and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in flute from Nazareth College. Her major teachers of flute include Dr. Marjorie Roth, Sue Viavattine, Jan Angus, and Dr. Sophia Gibbs Kim. While at Nazareth, she performed with the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Concert Band, and Flute Ensemble; as well as private events hosted by the college. Her senior year she won the annual concerto/aria competition and performed solo with the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra.
Alexandra discovered her love of performing around the age of six, when she performed in her first piano recital. She loved the feeling of knowing she had positively affected the audience that was listening to her. Since that first recital she knew that music and performing would be the way she would spend the rest of her life. Since then, Alexandra has worked and performed throughout Rochester on the flute, piano, and organ. She plays weekly at the Episcopal Church Home of Rochester and as an accompanist in local school districts. In addition to playing solo recitals and gigs, she often collaborates with other musicians, playing for local businesses.
A strong advocate of participating as a community musician, Alexandra plays with the Perinton Concert Band and subs regularly with the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 Alexandra became the director of the Rochester Flute Association’s flute choir. She has also served on the Rochester Flute Association’s Flute Fair Committee since 2009 as the Masterclass Coordinator.
As a music educator, Alexandra believes in teaching music to an individual’s specific interest and needs in music. Every student has a specific goal in learning an instrument, and she believes in fostering and guiding that interest. In lesson she believes in incorporating music theory from the very beginning of a student’s study of music. She focuses on performance etiquette as a soloist as well as a member of an ensemble. She believes in playing with her students to promote playing with other musicians, and all that comes with it; it is not just about learning the instrument, but learning to be a strong musician.
Alexandra is always furthering her studies in music as well. She participates regularly in masterclasses as well as summer festivals. She attended Wildacres Flute Retreat in the summer of 2009, playing for flutists Göran Marcusson and Dr. Bradley Garner. This past summer she attended a Flute Seminar at West Virginia University entitled Skills for Empowerment with Jim Walker, Alberto Almarza, and Dr. Francesca Arnone; focusing on elements of empowering a career in flute from every aspect of teaching to performing. She believes to be a strong teacher and performer, she must continue to study and learn from others as well.