Lake Erie College Hires Instrumental Music Faculty Member Dr. Mark Alpizar to Lead LEC’s Instrumental Music Program

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As part of Lake Erie College’s focus on enhancing the student experience and renewed emphasis on the arts, LEC is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Alpizar to the position of assistant professor of music and director of instrumental ensembles. This newly created faculty position will provide academic enrichment in the musical arts and will bolster student co-curricular engagement within the college. Dr. Alpizar will start officially in August 2019 joining the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; however, he intends to become actively involved with enrollment and recruitment initiatives for a wind ensemble immediately.

Dr. Alpizar brings a wealth of talent, expertise in music theory, education and instrumental performance to his position.  Dr. Jenny Swartz-Levine, dean of the School of Arts Humanities, and Social Sciences, states that, “Dr. Alpizar has an incredible performance and conducting background to bring great energy and enthusiasm to instrumental music at Lake Erie College.” She adds, “We are fortunate to have someone with his diverse and incomparable experience join our talented faculty, and I think his strong understanding of how this program fits into enhancing the life of the college and how we engage the community will generate outstanding results.”

A Southern California native, Dr. Alpizar has made his living entirely through musical endeavors since the age of nineteen when he taught private clarinet lessons, coached high-school marching band, sang in a busking barbershop quartet, and co-founded his first youth ensemble, the West Coast Winds. Since then he has enjoyed a multi-faceted and entrepreneurial career as a conductor, clarinetist, and music educator.

Dr. Alpizar has held numerous faculty positions in Southern California secondary education, as well offered advanced coaching sessions for young musicians, including undergrad students from across the USA as well as a variety of esteemed ensembles in his private studio. He has an unwavering dedication to the development and cultivation of student musicians as can be witnessed in the multiple awards and professional recognition he and his students have garnered over the years.

As a conductor, he has worked with ensembles of all ranges and abilities. Most recently, he was the resident conductor for the American Youth Symphony, one of the premier training grounds for pre-professional musicians in the USA. Playing the clarinet is his first love which was the impetus behind his entrepreneurial venture, forming the Quintessential Winds, a wind quintet dedicated to expanding the traditional repertoire. In addition to his playing, Dr. Alpizar maintains an elite studio of pre-college clarinetists. In 2018, Alpizar completed the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in orchestra and opera conducting at Arizona State University. He has served as one of the assistant conductors for the ASU orchestras and Lyric Opera Theatre, studying conducting with Jeffery Meyer of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and The Phoenix Symphony’s Tito Muñoz.

Dr. Alpizar shared his excitement about joining LEC. “I am thrilled to join the faculty of a prestigious and thriving institution like Lake Erie College and am eager to join the enthusiastic faculty and staff to create high-caliber performance experiences that will be available to the entire campus community.”  More information regarding Dr. Alpizar and his professional accomplishments can be found at his personal website, www.markalpizar.com.

The newly created position is part of President Brian Posler’s LEC Recipe for Growth initiative, fulfilling the strategic objectives to build the music program and offer interested students an opportunity to participate in a college-wide instrumental ensemble.  President Posler shares, “I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Alpizar to the LEC community. His role is an essential piece of our strategic offerings to enhance student life and advance the music arts offerings at Lake Erie College.”

Lake Erie College is now recruiting students for Fall 2019-20 enrollment to the newly formed instrumental ensemble (brass, woodwinds, percussion, and strings). Musicians of all levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. The college offers talent-based scholarships to all eligible students. The amounts of music scholarships are based on musical ability, needs of the ensemble, and potential shown through the placement audition (either live, virtual, or tape). Prospective students should apply for placement auditions before June 1 which may be scheduled by contacting admissions@lec.edu.

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