About Alex Wier

Alex Wier is a percussion artist and music educator with a diverse background in performance and teaching. He has presented solo recitals and clinics at numerous universities around the United States and performed with professional orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Milwaukee Ballet, and Tucson Symphony. A strong advocate of new music, Alex has also commissioned many new percussion works and performed regularly with contemporary music ensembles including Fifth House Ensemble, Present Music, Romex Duo, Atlas Percussion, Cross//Hatch, Beyond This Point, Crossing 32nd Street, and the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Alex is the Assistant Professor of Percussion and Percussion Area Head at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches applied percussion lessons, percussion methods, percussion history and literature, and is the Director of the Percussion Ensemble, Steel PANthers Steel Band, and Marimba Band. Outside of school instruction, Alex has interacted with diverse student populations as a clinician, adjudicator, and active member of ensembles that have focused on community outreach. He has also served on the Technology Committee and the Diversity Alliance of the Percussive Arts Society in addition to serving as the President of the Arizona PAS Chapter from 2012 to 2013. He is an endorser of Marimba One, Innovative Percussion, Sabian, and Black Swamp Percussion.

Alex has performed and presented his research at variety of conferences, including the College Music Society National Conference and the Percussive Arts Society, Midwest Clinic, and Balance-Unbalance international conferences. He has articles published in Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene and recordings released on KAIROS, New Amsterdam, Summit, and Albany Records. He has also been the recipient of many grants and scholarships that supported his creative projects and travel for fieldwork and presentations that include the UWM Advancing Research and Creativity Grant, ASU JumpStart Research Grant, and the PAS Armand Zildjian Scholarship.