Alexander has been “adopted” by the students of the Newton Music Teachers Association. Throughout the school year the students have been working on his music and have been asking him questions via e-mail.
The teachers’ organization has also commissioned him to write a piece for them. During his appearance at Tabor, Alexander will premiere the commissioned piece, titled “Kansas: The Sunflower State.”
The piece highlights three different areas of the state: “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” “Sunflower Silhouettes” and “Dodge City Jamboree!”
“We are really privileged to have such a wonderful composer write a piece especially for us,” said Sheila Schmitt, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy at Tabor and the organizer of the event.
“It has been a real treat for the students to get to know Mr. Alexander this year and see their excitement as they have worked on his compositions.”
Since his affiliation with Alfred Publishing Co. as a composer and clinician, Alexander has earned an international reputation as one of North America’s most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students of all levels.
A native Kansan, Alexander currently lives in New Mexico where he is composing and touring for Alfred Publishing.
The concerts at Tabor will be at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.