Dr. Alexander Magalong
Conductor of Ovation Youth Orchestra
Dr. Alexander Magalong has recently served as assistant conductor of the Palm Beach Symphony, associate conductor of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra conductor for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and conductor for the Miami Music Project. He has also served as adjunct professor and Interim Director of Orchestral Studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. According to the South Florida Classical Review, “Magalong was particularly adept at keeping the ensemble cohesive during the tricky twists of melodic phrasing.” Dr. Magalong has conducted the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Alhambra Symphony, Broward Symphony, Florida Youth Orchestra, Broadmoor Pops Orchestra, Pikes Peak Philharmonic, and the Peakharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has conducted the orchestral world premieres of Fanfares for the Apocalypse by Ken Ueno, Setting Century by Dorothy Hindman (with an Albany Records recording), and Symphony #3 by James Stephenson.
As a respected educator, Dr. 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. He has taught instrumental conducting for three years at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami.
Dr. Magalong holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Denver and two graduate degrees (a Master of Music and a 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 and has conducted in workshops with the Rochester Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and the Fargo-Morehead Symphony. He has studied conducting primarily with Thomas Sleeper.