COUNTRY: United States
GROUP: SOOCHOW UNIVERSITY (CHINA)
Dr. Alexander J. Singer, a native of Oregon, USA, is an international performer and educator. Currently, Dr. Singer is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at Soochow University in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.
Dr. Singer is a prolific solo, orchestral and studio performer. Most recently, he was the Principal Percussionist and Timpanist 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.
Dr. Singer holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Southern California where his primary teachers include 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 an 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.