Percussion University of Northwestern: St. Paul, faculty
Joel Alexander is an active performer and teacher in the Twin Cities. He has performed extensively as a guest percussionist with ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra and Mill City Summer Opera. He has also performed with artists such as Doc Severinsen, Ben Folds, and Pink Martini. He is also a very active teacher in the Twin Cities. He is currently the professor of percussion at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul where he directs the newly formed UNW drumline as well as the percussion ensemble. He is also the percussion instructor at Wayzata High School where he coaches the drumline and directs the percussion ensemble.
While in Wheaton, IL, he played with the Wheaton Municipal Band under the direction of Bruce Moss and special guest conductors such as Colonel Michael J. Colburn, director of “The President’s Own” Marine Band. He was the winner of the Winds/Brass/Percussion division in the annual Wheaton College Concerto Competition in 2007, performing Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings.
Joel completed his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota where he studied with Fernando Meza and Peter Kogan, former principal timpanist with the Minnesota Orchestra. While completing his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College, he studied with Kathy Kastner, Michael Folker, Eric Millstein, and Michael Kozakis.