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Dr. Alexander Lapins

Professor for Tuba and Euphonium at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AR

Alexander Lapins teaches applied tuba and euphonium, brass methods, History of Rock Music, coaches chamber music, conducts the brass choir and tuba/euphonium ensembles, and is a member of the Elden Brass Quintet at Northern Arizona University. Also an instructor at the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Dr. Lapins has previously taught at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Indiana University, University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, and French Woods Fine Arts Camp.

A diverse performer, Dr. Lapins is the only tubist to have won fellowships at both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Henry Mancini Institute. Dr. Lapins performed as a Principal Tuba of many professional orchestras and brass quintets throughout Indiana for several years, and was a first-call substitute/extra musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. While in Indianapolis, he was also a first-call studio musician, and can be heard on hundreds of recordings for Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Disney, Plank Road, Sacred Music Services, and a variety of other publishers and record companies. He has also performed with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, The New Sousa Band, Harvey Phillips’ Tubacompany, and the Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Flagstaff symphony orchestras. As a chamber musician, Dr. Lapins has twice toured China, and has also performed in various ensembles in Europe and South America as well as throughout the United States.

Alexander Lapins, though a devotee of all musical genres, has specific expertise in music of the Baroque era. He also has great drive to support new music for low brass and for brass quintet, having premiered many new works, and always commissioning more. Dr. Lapins has been featured at regional and international ITEA conferences and United States Army Band Tuba Conferences, and hosted the 2011 Southwest Regional ITEA conference at the NAU School of Music.

Dr. Lapins has graduate degrees in tuba performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from James Madison University. His principal teachers include Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Kevin Stees, Tony Kniffen and Mike Bunn.

Email: Alexander.Lapins@nau.edu