March 12, 2014
Alex E. Hill ('97 M.M.-Conducting) conducted the world premiere of his original choral motet Notas mihi fecisti vias vitae at a principal Mass in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in Rome on Sunday, November 3, 2013. That evening, he conducted this and several other works in a public concert at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Rome.
Alex is currently the director of Music and Liturgy at St. Mark Catholic Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. A native of Hamilton, Ohio, he spent his high school and undergraduate college years in Texas before moving to Pennsylvania in 1988. He is married and the father of six children.
Alex began formal music study by attending the University of North Texas, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree (with honors) in Composition in 1988. He continued his training at Penn State, with emphasis in both choral and orchestral disciplines. Alex was the recipient of the 1991 "Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching" at Penn State, and spent several years as an instructor in the School of Music, teaching courses in music theory, counterpoint, composition/orchestration, and conducting.
From 1991 to 2009, Alex served as music director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra, a regional symphonic ensemble which he founded. He has also led performances by the Penn State Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, the Nittany Valley Symphony, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Music at Penn's Woods Festival Orchestra, and the Tri-County Festival Orchestra. As a choral conductor, Alex directed the Penn State Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women's Chorus. He also served as guest conductor of the Pennsylvania Chamber Chorale, a professional choir conducted by D. Douglas Miller.
Alex co-founded the Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania with his wife, Andrea, and served as managing director and music director of this regional youth ballet company. In 2004, Alex and Andrea founded the Arts Conservatory of Central Pennsylvania, a school for the performing arts with programs in music, dance, and theater. In 2010, Alex returned to full-time music ministry in Wilmington, where he continues to compose, conduct, and coordinate music for the liturgy. Four of his compositions are published by CanticaNOVA Publications.