Missy Alvarez is a music educator, clarinetist and composer. She embraces being a jack of all trades and truly loves being creative within every facet of music. She is a rising senior, double majoring in music education and clarinet performance with a minor in music technology at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of The Arts. She has served on the E-board of Rutgers NAfME as Secretary and Vice President. Missy is an active member of the Rutgers WAM! Women in Art Music group as a research assistant where she recently created a video about the historical jazz pianist, Mary Lou Williams. She has performed with many ensembles and groups during her time at Rutgers and outside of school. Some of these include: the Marching Scarlet Knights, symphonic winds, sinfonia, pit orchestras, reed/wind quintet, clarinet quartet as well as solo clarinet work.
As a composer and arranger, Missy creates a variety of projects. She primarily writes for chamber ensembles but plans on delving into composing for wind band and releasing original songs soon. In addition, she has a YouTube channel where she produces a variety of musical content ranging between video game music arrangements to singing songs with her ukulele. You can also find her work on SoundCloud!
Currently, Missy is an intern for MusicFirst and teaches at Eye Level Learning Center as an English & writing tutor. Furthermore, she teaches highschool marching band as a woodwind tech. Missy also has an active private studio of woodwind and ukulele students.
When she is not teaching, performing or writing music, Missy enjoys hiking, playing video games, reading and writing.