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Alexander Koops, DMA.

Director of Undergraduate Music Education
Conductor of Symphonic Band
Co-Director of Azusa Conservatory of Music Community Music School
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3583
Alternate: (626) 633-9280
Fax: (626) 969-7419
Koops was born and raised in Jos, Nigeria. He holds a D.M.A. in Music Education from the University of Southern California, with minors in theory, orchestral conducting, and horn performance. He completed his B.A. degree in Music Education from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and his M.M. degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Colorado (Boulder), where he studied with Allan McMurray. He has also studied voice and orchestral conducting with Nicholas LaurientiArtistic Director of the Denver Opera Company.

Koops has worked in California, Colorado, and New Mexico teaching band, orchestra, and choir as well conducting professionally and performing on horn and voice. While in Colorado he worked as the assistant conductor for the Denver Opera Company and led many performances, including The Magic Flute, La Boehme, The Medium, and The Threepenny Opera. In a review of The Magic Flute, Marc Shugold of the Rocky Mountain News stated, "Koops' conducting of the orchestra maintained a high artistic standard and a decent pace." Jeff Bradley of the Denver Post gave a fabulous review of the Denver Opera Companies production of The Medium emphasizing, "A fine chamber orchestra under the firm baton of Alexander Koops."

Koops joined the music faculty at Azusa Pacific University in August 2001 and is currently director of undergraduate music education, associate director of bands, and co-director of the Azusa Conservatory (a community music school). He was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Latvia for spring 2012. He frequently guest conducts the Lake Avenue Chamber Symphony as well as performing regularly on his horn. His wife, Shaelyn Theule-Koops, and their two children, Dana and Daniel, live in Azusa, California.


D.M.A. - Music Education, University of Southern California
M.M.- Instrumental Conducting, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.A.- Music Education, Calvin College


  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music


  • Horn
  • Instrumental Techniques/Conducting
  • Music Education
  • Practical Musicianship

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Southern California Music Educators Conference, California State University, Fullerton, January 2005

Band Conducting Symposium, Shanghai Musicians Association, August 2005

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Choir Director, Wingate High School, 2000-2001

Director of Bands, Rehoboth Christian School, 2000-2001

Graduate Teaching Assistant for Wind Conducting and Marching Band, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1998-2000

Industry Experience
SCSBOA Conducting Clinic, California State College, Long Beach, 2004

Riverside Community College Conducting Symposium, 2002

Conductors Guild Workshop, University of North Carolina, 2000

CBDNA Conducting Symposium, University of Colorado, 1999, 2000, 2005

Assistant Conductor, Denver Opera Company, 1997-2000

Ministerial/Para-church Experience
Assistant Director of Instrumental Music and Orchestra Conductor, Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena, California, 2002-2003

Church Choir Conductor, Crestview Christian Reformed Church, 1998-2000

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Associations, Boards, Committees
College Band Directors National Association
Conductors Guild
International Horn Society
Music Educators National Conference
Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association

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