Alex Kovling

French Horn Principal

Alex KovlingWhat city are you living in now? Springfield, VA

Where did you study? BM from Texas Tech University and a MM from Rice University

What is your favorite piece of music?  I can’t honestly narrow it down to one. There are so many works out there with great ideas and historical context and a wide range of emotions portrayed. My favorite works tend to be by Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner, Frederic Chopin, and of course Ludwig Van Beethoven. I am of course more interested in music involving my instrument. For this reason, I love movie music.

What do you enjoy in your spare time?  Playing and watching just about any sport. I am a huge sports fanatic. Most of my time is spent just hanging out enjoying a beer and great food with my closest friends and family. My favorite nights are just spent doing the simple things with my wife Rachel and my FOUR dogs.

What is your fondest Annapolis Symphony memory? My fondest memory of the Annapolis Symphony is when we performed Deep Field by Eric Whitacre in the Strathmore alongside the Naval Academy Chorus. A work depicting space, the chorus were scattered throughout the audience to give a feeling of being far apart yet keeping the audience feeling like they were close and connected to the music literally happening around them. The chorus then used the flashlights on their phones to create a stellar effect (both meanings) throughout the expansive hall. To this day I am not sure if it was even planned, or one of those things that just happens in the moment. Either way, I will never forget the power that it evoked.