Advanced Choral Methods
Theresa Alexander is a Professor of Advanced Choral Methods at Mercer University. Professor Alexander began her teaching career in the public school setting 29 years ago in Macon, Georgia and with Mercer University in the Fall of 2002.
Mrs. Alexander earned her Specialist in Music Education at Auburn University in 2006. While an Auburn “War-Eagle”, she worked with Dr. William Powell and his wife Rosephanye specifically in choral conducting and composition. Mrs. Alexander earned her Masters in Music Education at Valdosta State University in 2002 where she studied conducting with Dr. Brasier, choral methods with Dr. Lynn Corbin, and composition and arranging with Ed Barr. Mrs. Alexander earned her Bachelor in Music Education from Wesleyan College in 1992 where she studied voice with Alice Hopper, piano performance with Edward Eikner, and education with Dr. Fletcher Anderson.
Throughout her teaching career, Mrs. Alexander has developed programs that are known for their excellence and maturity in performance, sight-reading, and musicianship. As a middle-school choir director, Mrs. Alexander’s programs have grown in number and musical skill receiving Superior ratings in both performance and sight-reading adjudications via Georgia Music Educators Association’s Large Group Performance Evaluation (GMEA-LGPE). In addition, her singers have earned spots in the GMEA All-State and District Honor Choirs and the Regional and National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) honor choirs. Mrs. Alexander’s high-school tenure produced choirs that performed throughout the United States and abroad. She has created brand new disciplines for each area as the choir director at both Howard High School (Macon-Bibb County) and Houston County High School. These programs grew substantially, allowing her singers to perform in a variety of venues such as the beautiful Notre Dame, the Basilica, Carnegie Hall, St. John’s Cathedral, invited guests at the dedication of the Twin Towers, the White House, and GMEA’s Professional Music Convention. Under her direction, Mrs. Alexander’s high-school choirs received consecutive Superior ratings in Performance and Sight-Reading at the GMEA-LGPE events for 23 years. Solo singers and small ensemble groups received consecutive first place ratings for both Region and State Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Literary vocal events. Singers consistently secured spots for the GMEA All-State, All-State Reading Choir (an event she assisted in developing) District Honor Choir (an event she co-created), and State and National ACDA Honor Choirs. In addition to her choral instructional responsibilities, Mrs. Alexander co-directed numerous One-Act and Spring Musicals as well as hosting and organizing successful talent shows at both high schools. Mrs. Alexander has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her tenure as a choir director, allowing her the opportunity to share the gift of choral music with other professionals throughout the Georgia and the United States.
Mrs. Alexander has served as the District GMEA Choral Chair, GMEA-LGPE Standing Committee member for Ethics and Repertoire, ACDA repertoire and standards chair for Women’s Choir and High School jazz, and serves as a head-judge for the GMEA-LGPE and various regional and state GHSA Literary events. Mrs. Alexander was invited recently to collaborate in re-writing the Georgia Performance Standards for Choral Music Education with the State Department of Education.
Mrs. Alexander and her husband Tim live in Lizella, Georgia with their dog Alice and cat Hank Williams. When Tim and Theresa can’t be found in their music studio, they are more than likely on the lake. Their daughter Hannah and son-n-law Jonathon live in Golden, Colorado. Hannah is currently completing her residency in the area of Dance Movement Therapy and Jonathon is in management and completing degrees in Business Communication.