Gena Alexander, conductor of the Sinfonia, is currently in her fourteenth year directing this group. Previously, Gena was the orchestra director at Hefner Middle School in the Putnam City School District for two years. She is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, where she earned a degree in Instrumental Music Education. In 2001, Alexander was named outstanding Music Major by department chairs. Mrs. Alexander currently performs professionally with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Ballet, the Norman Philharmonic, Lawton Philharmonic, and frequently serves as a section violinist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
In addition to performing professionally, Mrs. Alexander is an adjunct violin professor at Oklahoma Christian University. When not teaching at the University, she teaches a number of students in a private studio setting. Actively involved in the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Mrs. Alexander participates in Suzuki Institutes and teacher workshops around the country each year. She has completed training under renowned pedagogues in the Suzuki Method including Judy Offman, Ed Kreitman, and Edward Sprunger, and is certified in Volumes 1-4. This past summer, Alexander served as a faculty member at the Greater Austin Suzuki Institute.
Having played a wide variety of music her entire life, Alexander enjoys playing Classical as well as alternative styles of music. She has performed fiddle at the OKC Rodeo Opry and she can be found frequently performing with OKC’s only rock string quartet, The Stringents. In addition, Mrs. Alexander enjoys the challenges of occasionally working as a studio musician for husband/music producer Erick Alexander.
Mrs. Alexander is an alumni of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and the Oklahoma All-State Orchestras.
Alexander resides in Edmond with her husband Erick and two children, who are both musicians in the OKYO. It has been wonderful experiencing the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras from a conductor as well as a parent perspective.