MEET OUR NEW CONDUCTOR, ALEXANDRIA BLACK
Alexandria Black is a Massachusetts-based conductor and double bassist. As a conductor, they have worked with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonia, Concert Orchestra and MoMus Ensembles as well as working as the Assistant Conductor of the Seven Hills Sinfonietta, all located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally,
Alexandria has most recently served as the Assistant Conductor of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Symphony Orchestra and All-University Orchestra.
As a bassist, Alexandria has performed with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Symphony Orchestra, Amherst College Symphony Orchestra, Seven Hills Sinfonietta, and various ensembles at SUNY-Fredonia including the College Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Wind Symphony. To help foster their love of the instrument, they co-founded the Fredonia Bass Society, a group for bassists and non-bassists alike to come together and play chamber works for 3-8 upright and electric basses.
Alexandria received their Bachelors in Music from SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, New York and studied with Dr. Harry Jacobson and Buffalo Philharmonic Associate Principal Bassist Brett Shurtliffe. They then went on to Cincinnati, Ohio and received their Masters in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying orchestral conducting with Maestro Mark Gibson and Dr. Aik Khai Pung.
Since 2018, Alexandria has made Western Massachusetts their home. They have done post-graduate work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Morihiko Nakahara and Mark Swanson of Amherst College, managed several social media accounts from various musical artists across the country, and began offering private double bass and violin lessons. Off the podium, Alexandria enjoys thrifting, being a part of various online video gaming communities, and watching the newest horror flick with their partner, Brayten, and their two cats, Violet and Camille.