Alexander Lapins

Alexander Lapins has served on the faculty of Northern Arizona University since 2009. As Senior Lecturer, he teaches applied tuba and euphonium, chamber music, brass methods, history of rock music, and is a member of the Elden Brass Quintet. During the summer he serves as an instructor at the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Miraphone Academy of the West. Prior to his tenure at NAU, Dr. Lapins taught at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Indiana University, University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, and French Woods Fine Arts Camp.

Dr. Lapins has appeared as soloist with orchestras, concert bands and chamber groups. He has performed throughout the United States, China, South America and Europe. A diverse performer, Dr. Lapins is the only tubist to have won fellowships at both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Henry Mancini Institute.

Alexander Lapins performed as principal tubist of several professional orchestras and brass quintets throughout Indiana, and was a first-call substitute/extra musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He remains principal tubist of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera Orchestra and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Lapins has also performed with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the New Sousa Band and Harvey Phillips’ Tubacompany.

Dr. Lapins has extensive experience as a first-call studio musician. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings for Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Disney, Plank Road, Sacred Music Services, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, SMS Brass Choir, and a variety of other record and publishing companies.

Alexander Lapins is devoted to expanding the repertoire of the tuba across all genres. He recently recorded a solo album of his own baroque transcriptions with harpsichord and strings that will be released in fall 2014. An avid supporter of new music, Dr. Lapins has premiered dozens of new works and has been active in regularly commissioning new works for brass.

Dr. Lapins has been featured at regional and international ITEA conferences and United States Army Band Tuba Conferences, the 2012 Southwest Horn Workshop, and the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference. In 2011 he hosted the Southwest Regional ITEA conference at the NAU School of Music. He has presented guest recitals and masterclasses at many schools of music, including:

  • University of New Mexico
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of North Texas
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • James Madison University
  • University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Appalachian State University
  • Youngstown State University
  • Shenyang Conservatory (China)

Alexander Lapins has graduate degrees in music performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from James Madison University. His principal teachers include Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Kevin Stees, Tony Kniffen and Mike Bunn, and he has also studied with Gene Pokorny, David Fedderly, Jim Self and Mike Roylance. 

He is a member of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association, a regular contributor to the ITEA Journal, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Alexander Lapins is a Miraphone Artist.


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