Artist in Residence
Alexandria deVries is a Long Island native, having grown up in the town of Blue Point in Suffolk County. She attended the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Education and Master of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance. During her time at the Crane School of Music, Alexandria received awards for her contributions to the Crane School of Music, as well as a humanitarian award for her work at the Reachout Crisis Hotline.
Alexandria has been teaching in the public schools for nine years, four in the East Meadow School District. In addition to teaching band at Meadowbrook Elementary School, Alexandria is a woodwind teacher at W.T. Clarke Middle School and High School, director of the Clarke High School Color Guard, Co-Director of the East Meadow Winter Guard, and is the advisor for the Clarke High School chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. For the past three years, Alexandria was the Chairperson of the Nassau Music Educators Association Division V All-County Band.
Outside of school, Alexandria is a full-time member of the Atlantic Wind Symphony and is a regular pit orchestra musician at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. As a woodwind doubler, Alexandria has performed Off-Broadway in shows including 42nd Street, The Sound of Music, and Fiddler on the Roof. Alexandria's notable teachers include Robert Dalpiaz, Alan Woy, Julianne Kirk-Doyle, and conducting teacher Brian K. Doyle.
In addition to performing, Alexandria maintains a private woodwind studio and her students have achieved great success at NYSSMA festivals and have been invited to participate in All-County, All-State, and All-National Conferences. Additionally, Alexandria is the vocal music director of the Yellow Cote Players, a teacher/parent performing troupe based out in Oyster Bay, NY. Recently, Alexandria has begun working with the Nassau-Suffolk Performing Arts as an artist-in-residence for their high school ensembles. For the past ten years, Alexandria has returned to her alma mater as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Crane Youth Music camp, an intense summer music program for students ages 12-18.