Bassoonist Alexander Onieal is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin and plays second bassoon with the Central Texas Philharmonic (formerly Round Rock Symphony). He has previously held positions with the New Mexico Philharmonic and Tallahassee Symphony. Alexander has performed with the New York Philharmonic, One Found Sound, Opera Southwest, Opera Tampa, Performance Santa Fe, and the symphonies of Austin, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, Mid-Texas, San Antonio, Santa Fe, and Williamsburg. Alexander holds a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University. His primary teachers include Judith LeClair and Jeff Keesecker.
Alexander has toured with the Castleton Festival Orchestra in Muscat, Oman and on the West Coast of the United States with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. As a chamber musician he has performed at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Chatter Sunday, Juilliard ChamberFest, with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's educational ensemble, and at various venues across the country. He has attended numerous summer programs including the Crested Butte Music Festival, Castleton Festival, Bowdoin International Festival, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, Hidden Valley Music Seminars, and the Eastern Music Festival. In addition to his opportunities as a performer, Alexander maintains a large private studio and is in demand as a clinician in and around the Austin area. When not performing or making reeds, he enjoys practicing yoga and hiking with his dog, Summer.