Gena Alexander, conductor of the Sinfonia, is currently in her ninth year directing this group. Previously, Gena was the orchestra director at Hefner Middle School in the Putnam City School District for two years. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, where she earned a degree in Instrumental Music Education. In 2001, Alexander was named outstanding Music Major by department chairs. Mrs. Alexander currently performs professionally with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Norman Philharmonic, the Lawton Philharmonic, and has served as a section violinist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
In addition to performing professionally, Mrs. Alexander is an adjunct violin professor at Oklahoma Christian University. When not teaching at the University, she teaches a number of students in a private studio setting. Actively involved in the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Mrs. Alexander participates in Suzuki Institutes and teacher workshops around the country each year. She has completed training under renowned pedagogues in the Suzuki Method including Judy Offman, Ed Kreitman, and Edward Sprunger, and is certified in Volumes 1-4.
Having played a wide variety of music her entire life, Alexander enjoys playing Classical as well as alternative styles of music. She has toured with country artist Ty England, and has opened with local singer/songwriters for artists such as Wayne Newton and Willie Nelson. Alongside her professional colleagues, she has performed on stage with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Ricky Skaggs, Richard Marx, and Natalie Merchant. In addition, Mrs. Alexander is involved in the local music scene. She has performed fiddle at the OKC Rodeo Opry and she can be found frequently performing with OKC’s only rock string quartet, The Stringents. In addition, Mrs. Alexander enjoys the challenges of occasionally working as a studio musician for husband/music producer, Erick Alexander.
Mrs. Alexander is an alumni of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and the Oklahoma All-State Orchestras.
Alexander resides in Edmond with her husband Erick, and their two children. It has been wonderful experiencing the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras from a conductor as well as a parent perspective.