Alex Berko

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The Virginia Chorale and conductor Chuck Woodward performed Lincoln on their program entitled X.Y.Z. celebrating composers born after 1961.

Alex’s rendition of Fool on the Hill receives a 2018 Downbeat award for ‘Best Arrangement’. The chart was recognized nationally and additional press can be found in the June 2018 issue of Downbeat Magazine (page 125). In addition, Indiana University’s VJE, directed by Jeremy Fox, received a Downbeat award for the Graduate Level of the Small Vocal Jazz Ensemble category (page 110).

Alex was selected as the winner of the 2018 Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI) 6th Annual Commissioning Competition. As a result, Alex will compose a new work for pierrot ensemble that will be featured in Spring of 2019 by the BNMI ensemble. The concert is a celebration of the relationship between visual art and music and the piece will be inspired by artwork created by a New England based artist.

Alex received a Merit Award from the 2018 Tribeca New Music Festival’s Young Composer Competition, Division 1, for Comedy Club.

The Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble (BCE) conducted by Donald Nally performed Lincoln for a concert celebrating Equality at Northwestern University.

Alex had his senior recital in Recital Hall at Indiana University. The concert featured a diverse program of music written throughout his past four years at IU. It also featured a number of his instrumental and conductor friends and colleagues.

New commission for the Cathedral Choral Society as part of their 2017-2018 season. The concert was entitled ‘Solitude and Joy’ and the choir premiered Alex’s piece Lincoln at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. along with a premiere of a piece by Ēriks Ešenvalds. Donald Nally conducted.

The Heartland Marimba Quartet premiered ‘Through a Technicolor Glass’ commissioned for the 2018 SCI National Conference held at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

The Logansport Children’s Choir conducted by Tim Cahalan performed The Poet and His Song at the 2018 Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) Conference.

The Cape Symphony under the direction of Maestro Jung-Ho Pak performed their ‘Holiday on the Cape’ concert which featured the Chatham Chorale and various guest vocal artists including Kate McGarry. Kate performed Alfred Burt’s ‘Some Children See Him’ arranged and orchestrated by Alex.

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