Alexander Music Building

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Building Name

Alexander Music Building

Description

The current Alexander Music Building is the second building on EMU's campus to be named after the Department Head.

Namesake Biography

Frederick Alexander was born on the 23rd of December, 1870, to Samuel George and Martha Emma (Hanchet) Alexander. He received an A.B. from the University of Michigan in 1894; privately studied organ with J.C. Batchelder of Detroit, and studied theory with Professor A.A. Stanley of Ann Arbor. Alexander's accomplishments were numerous; he was the Head of the Department of Music and the Director of the Conservancy of Music at Michigan State Normal College, 1909-1941. During his tenure at M.S.N.C, Alexander was the Head of the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley (summers), 1919-1921, and was a Lecturer on History of Music at Northwestern University, summer, 1928. Other accomplishments include the Director of Music at the opening of the Greek Theater, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 1906; Conductor of the Normal Choir and All Choral Ensemble, M.S.N.C. 1909-1941; Conductor of Choral Music, California State Normal School, San Francisco, summer, 1921; Conductor, Massed Chorus Festival, Washington D.C., 1929-1930; Guest Conductor, National High Schools Chorus, Chicago, 1930; Conductor, Bach Festival (combined choirs from Michigan High Schools and Normal Choir), 1931-1941; Conducted the first Michigan performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Ypsilanti, April 27, 1922; inaugurated choral music in Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., April 23, 1934, under Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation sponsorship. Alexander also served as the Dean of the Michigan Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and served as the organist of several Detroit churches, most notably the Woodward Avenue Baptist Church. He was also an active member of the Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Boat Club, the University Clubs of Detroit and Chicago, and the Washtenaw County Country Club. Frederick Alexander died October 14, 1955, in Lemon Grove, California; with his passing he provided $90,000 for the purchase and installation of a pipe organ for Pease Auditorium.

Building Namesake

Frederick Alexander, Music Department Head, 1909 - 1941

Year Constructed

14-Oct-78

Date Dedicated

18-Oct-80

Building Functions

Music Department, classrooms, rehearsal space, recital halls; Foreign Languages Department, and classrooms

Architect

Wakely Associates, Inc.

Original Cost

7065534

Architectural Style

International

Square Footage

86000

Rights

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