Zenas Alexander is from Chattanooga, TN, where he grew up with 3 brothers and 2 sisters, all involved in music. He began learning the violin at the age of 4, and joined the Chattanooga Youth Etude at the age of 5. At 10, he was in the Chattanooga Youth Philharmonic, and at 13, the Chattanooga Youth Symphony. He was in the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Science’s Orchestra Program where he was selected to the All-East TN and All-State Orchestra’s multiple times in his high school career.
Zenas went on to college at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, where he studied violin under Dr. Wei-Tsun Chang and conducting under Dan Allcott. In addition to serving as Concertmaster in the Tennessee Tech University Orchestra for two years, he was a founding teacher in the Tennessee Technological University String Project, a program to teach string and ensemble skills to students. Zenas graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Music Education, and would accept a job as the Orchestra Director at West Creek High School in Clarksville, the city he now calls his home. Zenas is very excited to begin this new chapter with the Clarksville Youth Orchestra, and looks forward to continuing the environment of fun and excellence.