Dr. Cory Alexander is Lecturer of Music and Director of the Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Chorale at The University of Florida and is concurrently the Director of Music at First Congregational Church (UCC) of Ocala. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting (vocal performance cognate) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal music education from Central College in Pella, Iowa.
A recent finalist for the American Prize in choral conducting, Dr. Alexander was previously Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. He was also Artistic Director of the Allegro Chorale & Orchestra in Midland, TX. Dr. Alexander has conducted numerous high school, university, church, and community choral ensembles, and has received many invitations to appear as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has prepared choirs for performances with orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including the Central Florida, Greensboro (NC), and Midland-Odessa (TX) Symphony Orchestras, and served as Chorusmaster for the Greensboro Opera. Choirs under Dr. Alexander’s direction have made several demonstration recordings for Hinshaw and Walton Music.
Dr. Alexander has been active in choral and vocal music throughout his life and has sung under several notable conductors, including Robert Shaw. He has appeared many times as a baritone soloist, including a 1998 performance of Schubert’s Mass in G recorded in Carmarthen, Wales and broadcast on Welsh television. More recently he has appeared as a soloist with the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra, UNCG Opera Theatre, Bel Canto Company (a professional chorus in Greensboro, NC), and Musica Sacra (a professional chorus in Midland, TX).
Dr. Alexander and his wife, Bethany McKee-Alexander, who hold an EdD in Education Administration and also a Master’s degree in choral conducting, live in McIntosh with their daughter, Emma.