Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos
Dr. Alexandros Fragiskatos is an assistant professor of instrumental music, teaching percussion, core music courses, and directing all instrumental music ensembles. His diverse musical training as a percussionist has led him to performances across the U.S. and Europe, including a solo percussion recital in Athens, Greece in 2018 and a Switzerland tour in 2016 with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. Alex has also commissioned and premiered new works in a variety of settings by composers like Stuart Saunders Smith, Peter Garland, and Tom DeLio. As an orchestral musician, Alex has performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and Missouri Symphony Orchestra, among others. Beyond orchestral and contemporary music, he has performed in numerous musical theater shows, and has been playing steel pan (steel drum) for over a decade. Many of Alex’s steel band arrangements are published and have been performed across the U.S. and internationally. He has been featured as a guest artist with Phoenix College in 2017 and the University of Missouri in 2019. Alex is also a regular contributor to Percussive Arts Society’s digital publication, Rhythm! Scene. Prior to Missouri Valley College, Alex taught at Grand Canyon University and the Maricopa County Community College District in Phoenix, AZ. He received his Bachelor’s degree in music (percussion performance) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, his Master’s degree in music (percussion performance) from The University of Akron, and both his Certificate of Music Theory Pedagogy and Doctor of Musical Arts (percussion) from Arizona State University.