Spotlight on Alumni: Dr. Alona Alexander

Dr. Alona Alexander ('13, MME) is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Alcorn State University where she conducts the ASU Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Women’s Choir. She also teaches courses in music education, piano, music literature, and voice in addition to serving as one of three departmental accompanists.

Prior to teaching on the collegiate level, Dr. Alexander led the middle school chorus of Bolton-Edwards Elementary/ Middle School to their first ever choral music superior rating in school history. Also at Raymond High School, Alexander consistently received superior ratings on the district and state level, as well as Best Choir overall at Music in the Parks festival.

Dr. Alexander is an active member of American Choral Directors Association. As a choral music education presenter, Alexander has presented on several choral music education topics at multiple Music Educator Conferences held at the likes of The University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, and Missouri Music Educators National Conference. Dr. Alexander also serves as an adjudicator for choral festivals and the Mississippi ACDA all state honor choir auditions.

Dr. Alexander earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Music from The University of Mississippi. She received her Masters in Music Education from Jackson State University and Bachelor of Arts in Music Education/Vocal Performance from Tougaloo College. In addition to conducting and scholarly activities in research, Dr. Alexander is an active pianist and Minister of Music at Mount Helm Baptist Church in Jackson, MS, where she oversees a five-member praise and worship team and gospel choir. Dr. Alexander’s hobbies and affiliations include being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, working out, and women’s flag and tackle football in which she plays quarterback and receiver.