Dr. Alex van Duuren
Alex van Duuren is a passionate educator perpetually seeking more knowledge and greater contributions in his various disciplines. He currently serves as Lecturer/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Tennessee, where he is responsible for private and class instruction of undergraduate and graduate trombone students, direction of the UT Trombone Choir, and performance as a regular member of the Tennessee Brass Quintet.
Dr. van Duuren completed his doctorate at the University of Arizona, two master's degrees at the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree at the University of Florida. His primary instructors were, respectively, Moisés Paiewonsky, David Jackson, and Dr. Art Jennings. In addition, he completed a doctoral minor in Entrepreneurship with Eller College of Management, which he received while participating in the nationally renowned McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. He is a winner of numerous scholarships awarded for advanced research and superior performance. He has multiple publications to his credit, including an original work for trombone and piano (Impromptu, Potenza Music Inc., 2010).
Dr. van Duuren is a member of the Tucson, Arizona-based chamber ensemble, True Concord Voices and Orchestra. In addition, he has performed with a variety of professional orchestras including the Tucson Symphony and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora, and has also performed with Celtic Woman, the Ohio Light Opera, and the Disneyland All-American College Band. Dr. van Duuren still performs as a pianist, serving as a piano accompanist for professional recording sessions as well as for his trombone students, and has been involved as director and conductor for stage productions and performing arts camps. His experiences as a performer and academician have developed wide-ranging proficiencies which are adaptable to diverse academic and professional applications.