Alexander Magalong is currently the associate conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra, and the conductor of the Frost Flute Ensemble. According to the South Florida Classical Review, “Magalong was particularly adept at keeping the ensemble cohesive during the tricky twists of melodic phrasing.” Mr. Magalong was a finalist for music director of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic and has also conducted for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Broadmoor Pops Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and the Peakharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has conducted the orchestral world premieres of Fanfares for the Apocalypse by Ken Ueno and Setting Century by Dorothy Hindman.
Having taught high school, junior high, and elementary orchestra for an underprivileged school district for nine years, Mr. Magalong is a passionate advocate for music education in the public schools. Under his direction and active recruitment, his high school program tripled in size, resulting in four ability-based string orchestras, the most of any Colorado high school. In 2011, the Widefield High School Chamber Strings was selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association conference alongside more affluent schools. He actively promoted the relevancy of classical music to his students and the community, regardless of personal background.
As a respected educator in Colorado, Mr. Magalong has guest conducted many honor orchestras, festivals, music camps, youth orchestras, and educator conferences in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Westminster, Jefferson County, and the Boulder Valley. He served on the Colorado All-State Orchestra board as Southern Governor for six years and has adjudicated many festivals throughout the state.
Without private instruction for most of his youth, Mr. Magalong began his musical studies in the public schools at the age of twelve, eventually serving as concertmaster of the Colorado All-State String Orchestra, winning the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, and winning first place in the Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition for several consecutive years. He began conducting at the age of fourteen.
Mr. Magalong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Denver, a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami. He was selected as a participant for the 2018 Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass with Larry Rachleff and has conducted in workshops with the Rochester Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and the Fargo-Morehead Symphony. He has received mentorship from Thomas Sleeper, Lawrence Golan, Neil Varon, Christopher Zimmerman, and Cristian Macelaru.