Critics frequently mention “the close personal resonance between the composer and the words,” fully engaging life’s beauty and messiness.
“Accomplished Minnesota-based composer Elizabeth Alexander is very gifted, writing in an accessible style that is well tailored to the requirements of both semi-pro and amateur choruses.” David N. Lewis, All Music Guide.
Growing up in the Carolinas and Appalachian Ohio, Elizabeth Alexander gained her love of language and music from her parents, a minister and a piano teacher. These passions are reflected in her over 100 choral and vocal pieces, which have been performed by over 2000 choirs.
Critics have called her music “brilliantly innovative” (New York Concert Review), “truly inspired” (Boston Intelligencer), “effective both visually and musically” (Ear Magazine), and “some of the most exquisite moments of the concert” (Kansas City Metropolis).
A 2011 McKnight Fellow, her composition teachers at Cornell University and The College of Wooster included Steven Stucky, Yehudi Wyner, Jack Gallagher and Karel Husa.
Elizabeth lives in St. Paul, MN, where she reads voraciously, shamelessly encourages her teenagers’ jokes, and tends her garden during the three month period in Minnesota that is not winter.
She believes she has the best job in the world.