In her 2016 appointment as Music Director of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, Alexandra has been elevating the arts scene of the Vegas Valley with her exciting programing and collaborations with many different art forms. The Henderson Symphony Orchestra has now become one of the few orchestras in the country that offers a complete season of free concerts for the community, as well as an energetic outreach program for young people.
Alexandra developed a Studio for Young Conductors together with Lucas Paiva in 2014. The Studio’s first efforts took place in Sao Paulo in 2015 with an event which garnered the attention of students from all over Latin America and featured some of the Brazil’s most esteemed musicians.
Alexandra and the HSO subsequently partnered with the Nevada School of the Arts in 2019 to develop a version of the Studio called Conductor Camp. Like the Brazilian Studio before it, Conductor Camp was a huge success, attracting young conductors from all over the world to take part.
young artists program
In her first season as Music Director of the HSO, Alexandra innovated and expanded upon the idea of a Young Artist Competition by developing the HSO Young Artists Program. This program offers young musicians the exciting opportunity to compete with their chosen repertoire and perform a complete concerto with the HSO conducted by Alexandra. The Competition winners are mentored by Alexandra privately and are offered rehearsal time with the orchestra to prepare them confidently for the performance on stage.
Music 4Kids is a fun and exciting program offering children from the local community an often first-time opportunity to experience music performed by a live orchestra. At these events, orchestra musicians welcome the children and ‘show and tell’ about the sounds and function of their instruments and allowing them to hold and play the instruments. Toward the end of the event some children are invited to the stage to conduct the orchestra in their favorite pieces of music.