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Alex Wier

Area Head, Percussion

Director, Percussion Ensemble

Lecturer, Percussion


DMA, Percussion Performance, Arizona State University
MM, Percussion Performance, Northwestern University
BM, Percussion Performance, University of Arizona


Dr. Alex Wier is an active percussion artist and music educator. He has presented solo recitals and clinics at numerous universities around the United States. He has also performed with a number of professional orchestras, such as the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, and Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra.

A strong advocate of new music, Alex has commissioned several percussion works and has performed regularly with contemporary ensembles including Fifth House Ensemble, Atlas Percussion, Beyond This Point, Crossing 32nd Street, and the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has also performed and presented his research at the Balance-Unbalance, Listen(n) Symposium, Percussive Arts Society, and The Midwest Clinic international conferences and the College Music Society National Conference.

Alex is currently the Percussion Area Head at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches applied percussion lessons and is the director of the percussion ensemble. He is also Adjunct Faculty at Phoenix College where he is the instructor of an online Rock Music and Culture course. From 2013-2015, Alex was the instructor of the Percussion Methods course and undergraduate percussion lessons at Arizona State University and he also served as the President of the Arizona Percussive Arts Society Chapter from 2012 to 2013. Outside of school instruction, Alex has interacted with diverse student populations as a clinician, adjudicator, and active member of ensembles that have focused on community outreach.

Alex has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships, including the ASU JumpStart Research Grant, Henderson Endowment Fund, Shandel Education Plus Grant, and the PAS Armand Zildjian Scholarship, that assisted his creative projects and funded his attendance at various seminars and festivals around the United States and his fieldwork abroad. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelors degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona. Alex is an endorser of Marimba One marimbas and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, in addition to being a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network.