David Alexis

Assistant Professor
Affiliated Departments
African American music
pop music

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Boston native David Alexis sings with soul and sensibility beyond his years.  Whether it's jazz, gospel, or R&B, his style reveals deep sensitivity and commitment to truth. Those who hear him live are impressed with his harmonic sense and stage presence. A musician's singer who means every note, Alexis is a dedicated professional who has shared stages with Jennifer Holiday, Richard Smallwood, Donald Lawrence, Tremaine Hawkins, and Common, among many others. In 2002 at age 14, he performed with 3 Mo' Tenors as a background vocalist, and other credits include roles in Anything Goes, Little Shop of Horrors, and Boston's famous Black Nativity. He has appeared at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ryle’s, the Wang Center, Shubert Theatre, and Madison Square Garden, among many others.

Alexis has served as an arranger and ensemble leader for various groups including the City Music All-Stars. With his assistance, the ensemble has performed for the Boston Celtics, Laura Bush, and Quincy Jones, among others. Aside from being an active performer and leader, Alexis is dedicated to espousing the healing power of music through nonprofit arts organizations and educational initiatives. He has held teaching posts at many community-based organizations and institutions, covering subjects such as performance skills, music theory, ensembles, private lessons, music production, and vocal and instrumental arranging. Through his experience in performance and teaching, he exhibits highly refined practices of higher education and arts programming. 

Career Highlights
  • Performances with Richard Smallwood, Donald Lawrence, Common, Tremaine Hawkins, and Jennifer Holiday, among others
  • Served on academic and curricular committees for the Department of Education in New York
  • Implemented music therapy programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York City
  • Recipient of Berklee City Music full-tuition scholarship 
  • Recipient of four Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program full scholarships
  • Recipient of Walter Beasley Award for Musical Achievement and Leadership
In Their Own Words

"I want students to engage actively with music. The passion I have for music education should translate to students."

"I believe that being immersed in current trends of music makes music practical for students. I keep it current, keep it fresh."