Member since 2024
ALEXA CANALES (b. 1992) is a composer, pianist, and educator who is deeply interested in explorations of color, rhythm, and texture in her work. Her compositions have been performed by musicians and ensembles across the United States and in Europe. This includes performances by the Brightwork Ensemble, the Helix! New Music Ensemble, the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston Percussion Group. She is the recipient of numerous grants and commissions in support of her work. Recent commissions include the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and the Impulse New Music Festival, where she was a fellow. The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra commissioned her to write an orchestral work in honor of conductor Max Hobart’s retirement after 28 years of serving as Music Director. She has participated in various summer music festivals and programs, including the New York New Music Intensive, highSCORE, and the Atlantic Music Festival. Canales holds degrees from Rutgers University (Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Composition) and Boston College (B.A.) where she studied composition with Robert Aldridge, Tarik O’Regan, Steven Kemper, and Thomas Oboe Lee.