Alexander, MikeFrench Horn
An accomplished solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, Mike Alexander comes to MacPhail with a passion for teaching the horn to students of all ages and abilities. He holds a master’s degree in horn performance from the New England Conservatory, and a bachelor’s in horn performance with Artist Diploma from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to teaching at MacPhail, Mike is currently the horn instructor at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.
Mike has appeared as a soloist with the New England Conservatory’s Philharmonia Orchestra, The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, The Duluth Symphonic Winds, and the Itasca Symphony Orchestra, and was the Eastman School’s representative in the Conservatory Project Chamber Orchestra with a weeklong residency at the Kennedy Center under the direction of composer John Adams. Mike is also a frequent performer in MacPhail’s top tier performances, including performing Benjamin Britten’s “Still Falls the Rain” as a part of MacPhail’s Faculty Recital Series this December.
As a professional musician, Mike has performed in the horn sections of orchestras throughout the United States, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic (NY), the Syracuse Symphony, and as a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.
Through his teaching, Mike hopes to foster in his students a lifelong appreciation of and enthusiasm for classical music and the horn.