An active collaborative pianist, Alexa Sowers frequently performs with vocalists, instrumentalists, chamber groups and diverse ensembles. She has worked as studio pianist at Eastman School of Music, the University of Iowa, Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp and Illinois State University in addition to working with multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles and opera programs. Alexa has taught students of all ages and ability levels and has worked as pianist at several churches.
While the pianist for Illinois State University’s Wind Symphony ensemble, Alexa had the pleasure of performing, touring and recording all contemporary repertoire while working with living composers including William Bolcom. She also performed with the wind symphony and choral ensembles in the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Illinois. Following her interest in contemporary music, she most recently studied and conducted research in Paris at L’Ircam, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).
As a solo pianist, Alexa has won numerous competitions. She has been a featured pianist in the Piano Sundays at Old Capitol concert series in Iowa City and participated in several festivals including the Young Artist World Piano Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.
Alexa received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Iowa and her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at Illinois State University. Her instructors and mentors include Jean Barr, Tuyen Tonnu, Ksenia Nosikova, Paul Wirth and Rachel Joselson. Alexa is currently studying with Dr. Andrew Harley at Eastman School of Music where she is a DMA candidate in piano accompanying and chamber music. At Eastman School of Music, she has held a graduate award as opera pianist/coach and is currently holding a graduate award as studio pianist.