Professor of Music (Theory/Composition & Low Brass)
Head of Theory/Composition
DMA, University of North Texas; MM, James Madison University; BM, East Carolina University
Joe L. Alexander joined the faculty of Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Music in the Fall of 2001. He was previously on the faculties of Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University, Judson College, the University of Montevallo, Lamar University, East Central University (Ada, Oklahoma) and James Madison University. He studied composition with Newel Kay Brown, Douglas Knehans, Martin Mailman, Cindy McTee, and James Riley; and tuba with James Michael Dunn.
Performances of his original compositions include recitals/presentations at: the Birmingham Art Music Alliance; the Louisiana Composers’ Consortium; National Association of Composers, USA; the Society of Composers, Inc.; the College Music Society; the Southeastern Composers’ League, the 2008 & 2014 International Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the 2009 & 2013 National Association of Composers, USA, National Festival. His music has been featured at Bowling Green State University’s annual New Music & Art Festival, and New Music for Young Ensemble Composers' Competition. In 2002, the Monroe (Louisiana) Symphony Orchestra commissioned him to compose Louisiana Blue (baritone voice, flute, piano with orchestra accompaniment). His Two Bryant Songs (soprano, Bb clarinet and piano) are recorded on the CD, Winds and Voices, by Living Artist Recordings.
As a tubist, Alexander has performed as a soloist with the Louisiana Tech Chamber Orchestra, on the Faculty Concert Series and on Louisiana Composers’ Consortium concerts. In addition, he has performed solos and chamber pieces at conference meetings of the Society of Composers, Inc.; the National Association of Composers, USA; the College Music Society and the Southeastern Composers League. He has twice performed at the National Association of Composers, USA National Festival. In 2009, Alexander performed his, Infamy..., for tuba and soundfile, in Murfreesboro, NC and in 2013, he performed Greg A Steinke's Memories of Chief Joseph, for tuba and marimba, with Dr. Greg Lyons, in Ruston, LA.
During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, Alexander founded the Low Brass Ensemble. The Low Brass Ensemble is open to any student interested in playing trombone, euphonium or tuba in an ensemble setting. The group performs arrangements, original compositions, and the standard repertoire for the tuba/euphonium and trombone ensembles. The ensemble performs several times during the school year at departmental and university functions, local Ruston area events, as well as presenting it’s annual Octubafest recital. In addition to performing, student members have the opportunity to write arrangements, original compositions, rehearse and conduct pieces on the concerts.
Alexander is a Professor and teaches Theory, Composition and Low Brass at Louisiana Tech University. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer for the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society; Secretary, Vice-President and President for the Southeastern Composers’ League; and chair of the National Advisory Council for the National Association of Composers, USA. Currently, he serves as the National Treasurer for NACUSA and is the president of the Mid-South Chapter.
Under his direction, Louisiana Tech University hosted the 2005 & 2010 Southeastern Composers’ League’s Forum, and the 2013 National Association of Composers, USA National Festival. Alexander is the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, 2012 Commissioned Composer.
Additional information on Dr. Alexander may be found on his website JLAcomposer.com.
Phone: (318) 257-2060
Room: Howard Center, 325