Dr. Alexander Magalong
Interim Director, Orchestral Studies
Alexander Magalong has most recently served as assistant conductor of the Palm Beach Symphony, associate conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra conductor for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. According to the South Florida Classical Review, “Magalong was particularly adept at keeping the ensemble cohesive during the tricky twists of melodic phrasing.” Mr. Magalong was a finalist for music director of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and has also conducted for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Broadmoor Pops Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and the Peakharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has conducted the orchestral world premieres of Fanfares for the Apocalypse by Ken Ueno, Setting Century by Dorothy Hindman, and Symphony #3 by James Stephenson.
Having taught high school, junior high, and elementary orchestra for an underprivileged school district for nine years, Mr. Magalong is a passionate advocate for music education in the public schools. Under his direction and active recruitment, his high school program tripled in size, resulting in four ability-based string orchestras, the most of any Colorado high school. In 2011, the Widefield High School Chamber Strings was selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference alongside more affluent schools.
As a respected educator in Colorado, Mr. Magalong has guest conducted many honor orchestras, festivals, music camps, youth orchestras, and educator conferences in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Westminster, Jefferson County, and the Boulder Valley. He served on the Colorado All-State Orchestra board as Southern Governor for six years and has adjudicated many festivals throughout the state.
Mr. Magalong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Denver and two graduate degrees (a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts) in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami. He was selected as a participant for the 2018 Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass and has conducted in workshops with the Rochester Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and the Fargo-Morehead Symphony. He has studied conducting primarily with Thomas Sleeper.