Woman of Note: Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander spent her early years in the Carolinas, “where my mom taught me to play the piano and my dad taught me the beauty of a well-told story”. She attended The College of Wooster, and later received her doctorate in music composition from Cornell University. While her many commissions have included works for orchestras, chamber ensembles, and solo voices, she is best known for her choral pieces which have been performed by thousands of choruses worldwide. She has received numerous grants, awards and fellowships during her career.
Her acclaimed text settings of both original lyrics and the words of others prompted Choral Director Magazine to write that “her mastery of prosody and declamation results in a marriage between music and text that is dynamic and indelible.
A special feature of Elizabeth’s website is the section titled “Composerly Thoughts” – a title that grew out of a conversation with her composition professor Steven Stucky at Cornell. Reading her postings are a wonderful way to glimpse her creative process – here’s the link! https://www.elizabethalexander.com/category/all/ Her current project is a music theater work entitled Split Hickory reflecting the past hundred years of folk, country and Americana music.