Alexander Corbett leads a diverse career as a conductor and educator. He serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at Temple College, where he conducts the TC Symphony Orchestra and teaches applied strings. He has previously taught at the University of Minnesota - Morris, College of Saint Benedict - Saint John’s University, and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. He was also the principal conductor of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra for three seasons.
A fervent advocate for young musicians, Corbett was appointed as a coach for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and serves on the board of the Eckblad Williams Community Fund, an organization that provides grant support to K-12 string players. In demand as a guest educator and conductor, his recent engagements include invitations to the Texas Music Educators Association Region 8 Clinic and Concert, Shattuck-Saint Mary's Pre-Conservatory, Bemidji State University, Texas UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest, Mississippi Strings Camp, Lakes Area Music Festival, MNSOTA Middle Level Orchestra Festival, MSHSL Solo and Ensemble Contest, Bravo! Summer Music Academy, and orchestra workshops at schools across the country.
An avid proponent of new music, Corbett regularly works in collaboration with living composers to bring their orchestral music to life. He has conducted countless premieres of works by living composers including Daniel Breedon, Steven Makela, James Flegel, J. Wesley Flinn, and Flannery Cunningham.
Corbett earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance with Sally O’Reilly at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where he was a Berneking Fellow and Graduate Assistant. Other teachers include Joanne Cohen, Mark Russell Smith, Lydia Artymiw, and Scott Jones. During his studies Corbett was awarded full scholarships to the Brevard Music Institute (Brevard, NC), Bravo! Institute (Minneapolis, MN), and the Pienza Music Festival (Pienza, Italy). He has appeared as concertmaster and soloist with many orchestras, including the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Bethlehem Chamber Orchestra, and Concordia Orchestra.
Corbett maintains a private teaching studio in Temple, Texas. He lives in Temple with his wife, pianist Kate Bae.