The Team

Formed and led by Alex Laing, the principal clarinetist of the Phoenix Symphony, our team brings traditional and nontraditional arts education and performance experience, providing a wholistic perspective which guides our education philosophy.

About Alex Laing

Alex Laing began studying the clarinet at age 11 in his hometown of Silver Spring, MD.

In 2002 he joined The Phoenix Symphony as principal clarinet.

A longtime believer in community engaged music making, Alex also recently founded and directs The Leading Tone, a non-profit, after school project dedicated to exploring music as a context for youth development.

A graduate of Northwestern University, he received his master's degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, an artist's diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam and a certificate in non-profit management from Arizona State University's Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Alex is fortunate to have garnered a number of awards and honors during his career including fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, Aspen Music Festival and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.