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Alex Shapiro
Alex Shapiro


Music happens in a community.

Ever since I began my composing career, two of its most important elements have been my relationships with colleagues, and my involvement with arts advocacy organizations.

I feel strongly about sharing any information I have with my peers and with younger, emerging composers. The more music artists who can make happy careers for themselves, the better for all of us who create and love music.

The following organizations have been significant to me, may be of interest to readers looking for more information, and could be of particular assistance to composers seeking ways to further their careers.


cormorants at the ferry landing
Professional Affiliations  
  Symphonic & Concert Writer Member ASCAP
  Co-Chair, Symphony & Concert Committee, ASCAP
  Chairperson, Media Council, New Music USA
  Publisher member, National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA)
  Voting member, The Recording Academy (NARAS; The Grammys)
  Past concert music representative, Board of Review, ASCAP
  Past Board member, American Music Center
  Past Board member, The MacDowell Colony
  Member, Alumni Council, Manhattan School of Music
  Member, past President, American Composers Forum of Los Angeles
  Member, past Vice President, The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL)
  Member, past officer, NACUSA (National Association of Composers, USA)
  Member, past officer, The College Music Society, Pacific Southern Chapter
  Member, American Composers Forum
  Member, Chamber Music America
  Member, Electronic Music Foundation
  Member, SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S.)
  Member, Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI)
  Member, International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM)
  Member, ACME, Mu Phi Epsilon
  Member, Mu Phi Epsilon International Committee
  Member, Mu Phi Epsilon
  Member, Sigma Alpha Iota Composers Bureau
  Member, The Dominant Club Music Association
  Member, Board, Mladi Chamber Orchestra
  Member, VTEA Advisory Council, Los Angeles City College Music Department
  Member, Advisory Board, Kalvos and Damian's New Music Bazaar
  Fellowship panelist, 2004, The McKnight Foundation
  Fellowship recipient, 2000, California Arts Council
  Fellowship recipient, 2003-2004, The MacDowell Colony
  Biography listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America
  Member, Advancement Board, University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories
...and other links

windy day at tidepools


windy day at tidepools


windy day at tidepools
Alex, at home

Music business resources

The ASCAP Resource Guide
The SCL Career Resources Guide
New Music USA Resource Guide

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A few online music magazines

New Music Box (e-mag from New Music USA)
Music & Vision (daily classical music magazine)
Alternative Music Press (multimedia journal)
Arts Journal (daily arts news)
New Music Forum


And an impressive and large listening resource of living composers:
Kalvos and Damian's New Music Bazaar

Plus a comprehensive listing of new music resources and info:
Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music

Are you a musician who goes to conferences? Enjoy this little 1:32 clip!

CD Baby founder and all-around excellent musical citizen Derek Sivers publishes a blog that offers wise advice for professional music-makers. One of his posts, titled, Attending a music biz conference? Here's the REAL way to do it.... has terrific ideas about how to get the most out of these gatherings. Watch Alex in her natural habitat as she adds one more point to Derek's list:

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Daily Life


Friday Harbor view
San Juan Islands


The ocean is a significant part of Alex's life, and if Alex wasn't a musician, she'd probably be a marine biologist. Click above for local information about this beautiful environment which inspires her music.

In addition to snapping lots of nature photographs, how else does Alex spend her time? She's a certified sailor, she loves ocean kayaking, and she used to be avidly into triple-diamond downhill skiing until she chose to respect gravity. Alex tries to balance her music life with her love of the outdoors and the intoxicating scent of SPF 50 sunscreen.



In January 2006, Alex began a blog titled Notes from the Kelp, her personal commentary from the beach. She regularly posts new insights to a large international following of "Kelphistos." Pairing her photos and her music in what she calls a "pixelsonic" experience, Alex invites readers to share the beauty of the environment which inspires her. Visit and drop her a note!

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Alex at the helm


Fair winds!
(and strings, brass and percussion, too!)

Cap'n Al at the helm of her
sloop "Sea Natural,"
July 2003.

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