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Alex Wier

Area Head, Percussion

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 and Adjunct Faculty at Phoenix College. He taught the Percussion Methods course at Roosevelt University in 2017, and from 2013-2015 he was the instructor of the Percussion Methods course and undergraduate percussion lessons at Arizona State University. 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. He also served as the President of the Arizona Percussive Arts Society Chapter from 2012 to 2013.

Alex 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. He is an endorser of Marimba One marimbas and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.