Alex Berko

Composer | Pianist | Arranger

"Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable."

- Leonard Bernstein

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The Del Sol String Quartet will premiere ‘A Fractured Whisper’ as part of the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop. The workshop will include rehearsals with Del Sol as well as masterclasses with guest composer, Sydney Hodkinson.

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3dB Vocal Ensemble performed ‘The Tower Roof’ in Auer Hall at Indiana University.

frequency vocal jazz ensemble at Troy University, directed by Diane Orlofsky performed Alex’s arrangement of ‘Where is Love‘ for their fall concert.

Alex was selected as the one of eight composers to participate in the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop. He will have the opportunity to compose a new work for Del Sol String Quartet as well as work with guest composer, Sydney Hodkinson.

Austin Pancner premiered ‘Flight’ for trombone and piano at Indiana University as part of his performance diploma recital.

Alex performed with NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Dominick DiOrio at Indiana University. The concert was in memory and honor of David Baker, esteemed jazz musician and founder of the jazz studies program at Indiana University. In addition to singing in the chorus, Alex also played piano in the jazz combo for David Baker’s ‘Images, Shadows, and Dreams: Five Vignettes’.

The avant-garde vocal trio, 3dB premiered a new work of Alex’s entitled ‘The Tower Roof’ at the “Silence Presents” series in Guelph, Canada. The ensemble consists of Daniel Bayot, Daniel Baumgartner, and David Breen.

Alex performed in the pit for Footloose the musical at Blossom Music Center in Porthouse Theatre. The show was directed by Terri Kent and musically directed by Jonathan Swoboda.

Alex gave a masterclass on composition and arranging at Acappella Camp, directed by Reggie Bowens.

Alex was selected as the winner of the SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition for his piece Aftershock. He will be commissioned to write a new work for an upcoming SCI national convention.

Alex received an Honorable Mention from the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute for his piece Dreamcatcher.

Alex was invited to participate at the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Institute. The program consisted of masterclasses and presentations from leading composers in the film and television industry. It culminated in a recording session with members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra playing cues written by the participants at the program.

Alex performed with the premiere Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Indiana University. The ensemble performed with world-renowned vocalist Kurt Elling at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre and premiered Alex’s arrangement of Where is Love, originally written by Lionel Bart for the musical Oliver.

NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble conducted by Dominick DiOrio performed Forgiven Tears at the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference. The piece was the recipient of the ACDA Brock Memorial Composition Prize.

Alex received 1st place in the Webster University Composition Contest for his piece Purple. He was invited to St. Louis for a performance of his piece as well as participate in a masterclass with Lansing McLoskey.

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