Alexander is the owner of Healing Strings Studio. He began playing the violin in public school at the age of 10, because he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his older sister. He received violin lessons from Ms. Gaile and became inspired to better himself as a violinist, but she unfortunately passed away from cancer less than a year after he started lessons. Alexander continued his violin studies by attending summer music festivals and receiving private teaching with different instructors.
Called To A Higher Purpose...
In 2009, Alexander's grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and continued to mourn the loss of her husband. He visited her home one summer and played "How Great Thou Art." His grandmother surfaced from her depression and unexpectedly began singing the hymn. After his therapeutic experience with his grandmother, Alexander sought to bring music to people in need in hopes of healing their well-being.
His grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and Alexander performed "How Great Thou Art" in her hospital room before the nurses took her in for surgery. The doctors and nurses were all touched by the music and shared that the atmosphere of the hospital was calmer and more peaceful than before he played. Alexander then realized that he wanted to dedicate his life to bring healing to people of all walks of life through his violin playing.
Alexander has participated in programs such as the Philadelphia International Music Festival at Bryn Mawr College and the International Music Institute and Festival in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he had the opportunity to study with the concertmaster of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Carney and virtuoso Chin Kim. Alexander also had the opportunity to play in a master class for the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, David Kim. He has toured Poland with Sinfonietta Polonia, appeared as a guest with the Mercersburg Academy String Ensemble and the Shippensburg Orchestra, and actively participated in the Dickinson College Orchestra and chamber ensembles.
Alexander recently traveled to Japan with TEAM international missions where he played in churches, hospitals, universities, retirement homes, residential homes, mental facilities, and reformatories throughout the Azumino and Matsumoto areas in Nagano prefecture. He also ventured with a missions team from both Azumino Family Chapel and Abundant Life Church to Kamaishi in Tohoku where he played for victims of the tsunami during the three year anniversary of the tragic disaster.
Alexander currently resides in Bowie, Maryland where he serves as a Certified Music Practitioner and plays the violin for patients at the Hospice of Chesapeake. He also travels to jails to partner with yoga instructors for live violin music/yoga sessions for the inmates.
As a strong advocate for music for all, Alexander manages the Sing For Seniors Program through the Coalition For African Americans In The Performing Arts (CAAPA) where he provides live violin recitals in assisted-living, nursing homes, community centers, and libraries for senior citizens. To learn more about CAAPA, please visit their website at 4caapa.org Alexander also studies under Holly Hamilton of the National Symphony Orchestra.