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Alexander Singer

Soochow University
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Dr. Alexander J. Singer, a native of Oregon, is an international performer and educator.  Currently, Dr. Singer is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at Soochow University in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. He also held positions as the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion and Percussion Director at Citrus College in California, the Doctoral Percussion Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and numerous positions as a percussion instructor and visiting clinician throughout North America and Asia.

 Dr. Singer is a prolific solo, orchestral and studio performer. Most recently, he was member of the Orange County Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra in California. He performed on many studio recording sessions in Los Angeles and was the timpanist for the feature documentary film, “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story.” As a classical performer, Dr. Singer has performed with such ensembles as the Newport Symphony, Global Symphonic Band, Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the University of Oregon’s PRAXIS Marimba Quartet.  He worked with renowned conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Mei-Ann Chen, Carl St. Clair, Ray E. Cramer, Larry Livingston, and Robert Ponto.

 As a solo artist, Dr. Singer’s performances of Tomas Svoboda’s Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra received honorable mention at the University of Oregon’s Concerto Competition in 2007 and 2008.  He has recently created a competitive percussion and marimba duo with his brother, Zachary Singer. Their duo made the semi-final round of the 2011 Southern California Marimba Competition and has performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA.  They are currently working on commissioning a series of new music for their duo soon to be debuted and recorded.

 Dr. Singer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Southern California where his primary teachers included Joseph Pereira and James Babor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  For three consecutive years, he successfully auditioned for the full-tuition positions of Doctoral Percussion Teaching Assistant and Assistant Conductor of the USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble.  Also during his doctoral studies, he published a well-received article in the journal, Percussive Notes, titled, “A Modern Recording Guide for the Professional Percussionist.” He also holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Oregon where he studied with Charles Dowd and Dr. W. Sean Wagoner.