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© 2018 by Trio Alexander

Trio Alexander

Hailed as “daring and unconventional” by the Spalding Guardian, Trio Alexander engages audiences with captivating performances of contemporary and historic repertoire for the flute-viola-harp ensemble. The trio performs regularly in diverse venues ranging from concert halls throughout the United States and the United Kingdom to community centers in their hometown of Rochester, New York. Trio Alexander celebrates the musics of composers from all backgrounds and traditions through performing, commissioning, arranging, teaching, research, and entrepreneurship.

Trio Alexander actively pursues projects to expand the repertoire for the flute-viola-harp trio through commissioning, programming, and arranging. Their commitment to new music has led Trio Alexander to collaborate closely with students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music composition department, performing in Eastman Composer’s Forum concerts and conducting workshops for undergraduate composition majors. The trio has been featured by the Cornell University Contemporary Chamber Players and the OSSIA New Music Collective. Trio Alexander actively programs diverse repertoire in every concert, seeking to balance conventional works with the music of contemporary composers from all backgrounds. The trio members have  arranged works by Nadia Boulanger, Jacques Ibert, Franz Schubert, and Marcelle Soulage.

Trio Alexander has performed concerts at Alfred University, the Eastman School of Music, the George Eastman House, Gettysburg College, Jean’s Playhouse, the Rockwell Museum, and the Sayre Theatre; the trio presented concerts in Manchester and Lincolnshire as part of a tour of England in 2016. The ensemble performed Adam’s arrangement of Marcelle Soulage’s Légende at the American Viola Society Festival at the Colburn School in June 2018. Some highlights for the 2018-2019 season included a project focusing on the connection between text and music including Takemitsu’s And Then I Knew ‘Twas Wind on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, a commissioning project on the poetry of Rita Dove and Maya Angelou, and arrangements of art song by Franz Schubert.

Trio Alexander is deeply committed to the art of teaching. Each member of the trio has served on the faculty at various colleges and universities: Caroline at Alfred University and the University of Buffalo, Adam at Gettysburg College, and Rosanna at Nazareth College. Additionally, all three have served as teaching assistants at the Eastman School of Music. The trio believes strongly in passing on their knowledge of and passion for chamber music through masterclasses and workshops.

Beyond their collective passion for performance and teaching, each member of the trio deepens the musical experience through their individual research and entrepreneurial interests. All three members have served on the executive board for the OSSIA New Music Collective. Caroline’s specialization in arts management has led to positions with 21C Media Group, The College Music Society, Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership, and the MostArts Festival, designing and executing digital marketing strategies and campaigns for a variety of clients. Adam’s research on musical gesture and the music of Marcelle Soulage has led the trio to presentations and performances at the Performance Studies International Conference and the American Viola Society Festival. Rosanna’s advocacy for composers and new music have resulted in collaborations with composers, leading to numerous composers writing works especially for the trio, such as Michael Frazier, Nikolas Jeleniauskas and Ailie Robertson.

All three members of Trio Alexander received their Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance & Literature from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to their core studies, Caroline holds a Certificate in College and Community Teaching and a minor in Arts Administration through the Simon School of Business, Adam has earned minors in Music Theory and Pedagogy, and Rosanna has attained the Certificate in Arts Leadership and a minor in theatre.

"Trio Alexander is daring and unconventional" 

                                                             - The Spalding Guardian