Alex Hilliard received his Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University, where he studied conducting with Robin Fountain. While completing his undergraduate studies he served as principal tubist of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Vanderbilt University Wind Ensemble, Vanderbilt University Orchestra, and Tennessee State University Concert Band. He also performed with “The Establishment”, a professional jazz ensemble, in Nashville, Tennessee.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he was awarded a graduate assistantship to study conducting with Dr. William Hochkeppel at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There he taught music appreciation, music theory, and guest conducted the university wind ensemble while completing his Master of Music in instrumental conducting.
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