Eric Scott Alexander holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition degree from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Music Composition from The University of Colorado, Boulder. He has studied composition with Lukas Foss, Richard Cornell, Charles Fussell, Richard Toensing, Louis Gonzalez, and Ladislav Kubik.
Eric has been teaching music composition and theory, and co-directing the annual Open Space Festival of New Music at the University of Northern Colorado, since 2011. His courses include: applied composition lessons, Aural Skills levels I-IV, Theory levels I-IV, Form and Analysis, Instrumentation, and Seminar in Music Composition. Previously he taught music theory and aural skills at Boston University, and was assistant to the composition program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. His teaching and research interests include music theory pedagogy, twentieth and twenty-first century music, and form in music.
Eric is an active composer of instrumental and vocal works, and his music has been performed across the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. In July 2016 Eric was a guest composer at the 12th Thailand International Composition Festival, where his music was performed and he gave masterclasses at Mahidol and Chulalongkorn Universities. As an undergraduate he was awarded first place in the 10th annual Austin Peay State University Young Composer’s Competition for his Three Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson, and his Symphony No. 2 was a finalist in the ASCAP Young Composers Competition. As a graduate student he was selected to attend the Czech-American Summer Music Institute in Prague, Czech-Republic, and his Concerto for Flute and Orchestra was premiered by Doriot Anthony Dwyer, former principal flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
He has collaborated with numerous solo musicians and performing groups including Classical Revolution Northern Colorado and the Harvest Trio of the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Platte Valley High School. His music has been performed at conferences and new music festivals, including the Florida State University Festival of New Music and the Aquila Summer Concert Series of Contemporary Music.