Alexander Rivera-Charles was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He started learning clarinet in middle school in 2009. He attended University High School in Orlando and joined the marching band on clarinet and color guard. In 2015, he attended Stetson University, where he was co-principal clarinet in the Stetson Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. While at Stetson, he was awarded “Most Outstanding Junior Recital” award, was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Music Society, and joined Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2019 with a degree in Music Performance on clarinet.
He is a member of Southern Winds, a community band in DeLand, Florida which is run by the Director of Bands at Stetson University.
He is also a member of Central Florida Sounds of Freedom Pride Band, where he regularly performs concerts advocating for equality and safety of the LGBTQ+ community. He has also performed in the Orlando Opera and in the All-Star Community Band for Florida Bandmasters Association.
Alexander has taught at Stetson’s Clarinet Clinic, was a music theory tutor at Stetson University, and has taught middle and high school students woodwinds.
Alexander’s teaching method comes from synthesizing various techniques into practice. He believes that the synthesis of information helps students retain what is taught easier. He incorporates this through movement, visualization, ear training, and music theory.