BM in Composition, concentration in piano performance, certificate in entrepreneurship
MM Rice University
Joined LMC faculty in 2020
Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.
I am a composer and pianist from Cleveland, Ohio. Much of my music is driven by collaboration and storytelling. More specifically, I’m interested in posing musical questions about how we perceive and interact with our world. My art has manifested itself into the orchestral, chamber and choral mediums, and has been performed widely throughout the country and abroad.
Most recently, I have received recognition from The American Prize (2019 winner in choral music), the Society of Composer, Inc. (Student Commission Award), ASCAP (Morton Gould Awards Finalist), American Choral Directors Association (Raymond Brock Memorial Award) and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Additionally, in collaboration with the Lebron James Family Foundation, my music for the opening ceremony of Lebron’s “I Promise” school received a regional Emmy Award.
Some of my recent and upcoming projects have included collaborations with the Monterey Symphony, Cape Symphony and Plymouth Philharmonic, Grammy-winning choirs The Crossing and Conspirare, Chicago-based choirs Stare at the Sun and Constellation Men’s Ensemble, and the Cathedral Choral Society and Washington National Cathedral.
To learn more about me and listen to my music, you can visit www.alexberko.com
What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?
I am most eager to have the chance to interact and collaborate with students from various cultures and faculty with diverse skill sets. It’s really exciting to have the chance to be in a creative environment with such a rich variety of individual experiences and skills where we can all benefit from one another. I am equally excited to offer composition lessons to all levels of students and share my love of creating music. Being a performer myself and knowing that all students come to Luzerne to study an instrument, I am eager to talk about how the strengths of a performer and interpreter can be used to your advantage as a composer and creator.
What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?
I hope to offer different ways of approaching listening, performing and understanding music. I have always thought of theory and aural skills as a wonderful way to grow your vocabulary for speaking about musical concepts and communicating those with others. We will certainly spend lots of time on the mechanics of music, but with the wider scope of how this can all be functional.
With composition, I believe that it’s about finding a way to express yourself and your vocabulary, which is completely unique to each person. It will be my focus in a short span of time to give you the tools to access the music you hear and want to create in your head and turn it into something tangible. No matter your background or way you choose to organize notes and rhythm, my hope is to give you the clearest path forward to realize the music you hope to create. We will have weekly composition lessons as well as a group composition seminar in which we will be able to share ideas and music we are writing and listening to. I have always felt that I learned the most from my peers, so it is my hope to cultivate a safe environment where you can share and develop ideas together, leaving Luzerne with lasting collaborative relationships.