Dr. Alex Kuczynski holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (MA and PhD, piano studies in the studio of Rebecca Penneys) and Vassar College (BA in music and cognitive science). A collaborative pianist since the age of twelve, Alex had an early career accompanying in the church, school choirs, and music festivals. In high school, between 1998 - 2000, he competed in choral festivals as accompanist and won awards at district, regional and all-state levels in the state of Pennsylvania. Alex was then employed as staff accompanist at Vassar and Nazareth Colleges over the course of college and graduate school, and currently serves as pianist, organist and music director at Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rochester. In addition to concert and church accompanying, Alex also serves as pianist and frequently music director for numerous theater groups including the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (pianist only), Rochester Lyric Opera concerts (pianist only), the First Light Players, the Off-Monroe Players, and the Geneseo Community Players. Since 2014, he has music directed numerous shows from the piano including The Sorcerer (2014), A Victorian Valentine (2015), A Gilbert and Sullivan Christmas Carol (2015), Cox and Box (2016), Musical Mystery of 1932 (2016), Pirates of Penzance (2016 and 2018), Patience (2017), 42nd Street (2017, pianist only), The Mikado (2017), Thespis (2018) and numerous traveling Off Monroe Players revue group performances. Additionally, Alex enjoys performing solo piano music in a range of styles from the 17th - 21st centuries and plays in a rock band. An expert teacher in both music theory and piano, Alex served as Visiting Instructor of music theory at Nazareth College (2013 – 14) and previously as Graduate Instructor at the Eastman School of Music during the length of his graduate studies, where he taught the whole undergraduate music theory and aural musicianship curriculum. Currently, Alex teaches about 30 piano students privately, and guides individual pianists as they reach and exceed their goals as musicians and performers.