Mr. Alex Fields
FLUTE, OBOE, CLARINET, SAXOPHONE, BASSOON
D. M. A. studies, M. F. A., B. M. E., Bible Diploma
A noted expert in multiple woodwind performances, ALEX FIELDS served as Associate Professor of Music and Program Director of Woodwind Studies at Bob Jones University for 47 years prior his retirement in May of 2017. He enjoys teaching beginners through advanced levels.
Professor Fields founded the pre-college woodwind program at BJU; taught and performed flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon; and taught courses in woodwind pedagogy, woodwind repair, and woodwind literature. Important studies with Himie Voxman and other prominent teachers prepared him to teach woodwind literature and instrument performance at the graduate level. His post-masters studies include Doctor of Musical Arts work in Clarinet Performance at the University of Iowa and at Louisiana State University. Alex Fields holds the Master of Fine Arts in Woodwind Performance from the University of Georgia, the Bachelor of Music Education from Bob Jones University, and the Diploma in Bible from Emmaus Bible School in Chicago (now Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa).
As a performer, Professor Fields has appeared in countless solo and chamber recitals. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with many organizations including the Palmetto Wind Symphony, Lakeside Concert Band at Furman, Greenville Symphony, Anderson GAMAC orchestra, BJU Symphonic Wind Band, and BJU Concert Band, and the BJU Woodwind Choir, a group which he founded and conducted for many years. This season’s performance roster includes BJU orchestral appearances with the Opera Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, and Faculty Wind Quintet, the latter which he founded in 1973.
As a master teacher, Professor Fields has appeared as workshop clinician and adjudicator. Judging has included the American Association of Christian Schools National Competition, the South Carolina Collegiate Solo Woodwind Division of MTNA, and the Collegiate Division of the MTNA Southeastern Regional Chamber Music Competition at the University of Georgia. He has also given workshops and taught in dozens of summer band camps.
Professor Fields has a heart for ministry, having served as song leader and choir director at his church for 45 years. He says,
“In teaching private lessons I discern where a student is and then take him/her further through the use of long tones, dynamic studies, articulation studies, vibrato studies, scale and arpeggio studies, methods, studies and etudes with an emphasis on melodic interpretation and style, orchestral studies, chamber music starting with duets, important core literature consisting of sonatas, concertos, theme and variations, fantasies, arias, etc. as well as sacred music. My teaching uses current technology such as online recordings, video performances, DVDs, and Smart Music—as well as a piano, a metronome, and a tuner. I want to challenge my students to excel for the glory of God.”