Clarinet recital to feature Aleksander

September 16, 2014
Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will hold a clarinet recital featuring University of Tennessee’s Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander, assistant professor of music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she teaches clarinet and music history, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at UW-Platteville’s Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The event is $5 and open to everyone.

Her performance will include two pieces from “El Amor Brujo” by Manuel de Falla, two pieces for solo clarinet by Koh Okumura, “A Russian Tango” by Koen Dejonghe and Weber’s “Clarinet Concertino.” Her performance also includes two works with Corey Mackey, clarinet professor at UW-Platteville, on clarinet. She will be accompanied on piano by Rob Shepard.

“Dr. Aleksander is an engaging performer and a fantastic pedagogue,” said Mackey. “She will also be giving an open master class to UW-Platteville students on Monday, Sept. 29, from 2-3 p.m. in Doudna Hall, Room 176. This is a great chance for our students to hear a great musician and see them shape the next generation of clarinetists.”

Prior to working at UTM, Aleksander taught at Southeast Community College, Midland University and Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet in Nebraska. She has performed with the Omaha Symphonic Winds and at a number of professional conferences, including for the International Clarinet Association, College Music Society and Society of Composers, Inc. In addition, she presented at the ICA’s ClarinetFest 2010 and has published in the ICA’s national journal and Nebraska state newsletter.

A native of northwestern Ohio, Aleksander has worked with middle- and high-school clarinetists in Nebraska, Ohio and Arizona. In addition, she has taught college students at the University of Nebraska, Northern Arizona University and the Universidad de Michoacan San Nicolas de Hidalgo in Morelia, Mexico. She is also active in Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity, having served most recently as province officer for Xi A Province (Nebraska). During her time in Nebraska, she initiated the outreach project “Music at the Museum,” which allows children to try different instruments and listen to live classical music.

Aleksander holds a D.M.A. from the University of Nebraska, where her document was entitled “Gustav Jenner’s Clarinet Sonata in G Major, opus 5: An Analysis and Performance Guide with Stylistic Comparison to the Clarinet Sonatas, opus 120 of His Teacher, Johannes Brahms.” She also holds a M.Mus. from Northern Arizona University and a B.Mus. summa cum laude from Ohio University. Her teachers include Diane Barger, Michael Sullivan, Rebecca Rischin and Kevin Schempf.
 

Contact: Corey Mackey, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1012, mackeyc@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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