Justin Alexander is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches applied lessons, percussion methods and techniques, world musical styles, and directs the VCU Percussion Ensemble. A dynamic and versatile percussionist, Justin has performed throughout the United States and the world, with recent performances in Australia, Sweden, Costa Rica, and The Dominican Republic.
A dedicated chamber musician, Justin is co-founder of The AarK Duo, with flutist Tabatha Easley, and Novus Percutere, with percussionist Luis Rivera. Novus Percutere’s recent release, symmetry | reflection, focuses on percussion process music and the chamber works of the UK composer Steve Gisby. The AarK Duo has enjoyed several high-profile performances, including the College Music Society’s International Conference and the National Flute Association’s National Conference. They recently finished recording their debut CD, which features new compositions for flute and percussion by Valerie Coleman, Marco Alunno, Michael Burritt, and John Griffin, and will be released Fall 2016. Justin can also be heard as a guest soloist on the recently-released Volume 3 by The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, and the upcoming John Psathas Percussion Project disc, Volume 1. Active in the orchestral world, Justin regularly performs with The Richmond Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, and will be principal percussionist for the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival Orchestra in Wintergreen, VA for the 2016 season. He is also a member of gamelan raga kusuma in Richmond.
As a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Justin has published articles in Percussive Notes, the official research journal of the Percussive Arts Society, and currently serves on the University Pedagogy Committee. He presided as chair of the PAS University Committee from 2009-2012.
Justin holds the Doctor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from The Florida State University. His primary teachers include Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Blake Tyson, and Prof. Leon Anderson. He is proudly endorsed by Pearl / Adams Musical Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Grover Pro Percussion, and Remo, Inc.