Dr. Liz Aleksander is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she teaches clarinet and music theory. She is a passionate teacher who strives to provide valuable learning experiences for her students. Since arriving at UTM in 2013, Dr. Aleksander has brought in visiting artists from across the country. She has also started a clarinet choir and established a clarinet studio recital to provide additional performance opportunities for her students. In addition to UTM, she has worked with clarinetists in Brazil, Mexico, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Nebraska, and Arizona.
Dr. Aleksander is an active chamber musician, performing primarily with the LCD Woodwind Trio, which has commissioned and premiered a number of works for the unusual combination of flute, clarinet, and saxophone. In addition, she is bass clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Jackson (TN) Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and Omaha Symphonic Winds, including a concerto performance with the latter. Dr. Aleksander has also performed at a number of international conferences, including the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, and Andover Educators International Conference; Dr. Aleksander has also performed at regional conferences for the ICA (southeast region), the College Music Society (southern region), and the Music by Women Festival. She has also been published in the ICA’s national journal (The Clarinet) and blog (BuzzReed).
Philanthropy is also important to Dr. Aleksander, who founded and serves as Director of UTM’s Community Music Academy; she also participates in many outreach trips with LCD Woodwind Trio. Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity is also an important philanthropic organization to Dr. Aleksander: she is currently an advisor for Epsilon Iota chapter, and she was previously Membership Trainer for the Bethel University colony and Province Officer for Xi A Province. In addition, during her time in Nebraska, she began the annual SAI outreach program Music at the Museum, which allows children to try different instruments and experience live classical music.
Prior to working at UTM, Dr. Aleksander taught at Midland University, Cornerstone Academy of Clarinet, and Southeast Community College in Nebraska. She holds a D.M.A. from the University of Nebraska, a M.Mus. with distinction from Northern Arizona University, and a B.Mus. summa cum laude from Ohio University. Her teachers include Diane Barger, Michael Sullivan, Rebecca Rischin, and Kevin Schempf.