Alex Cooke is the creator of a stochastic algorithm for both generating and analyzing tonal and atonal music of any kind. His current research involves applying principles of information theory and stochastic models to composition and analysis. He is also a composer.

Cooke has received numerous awards for his work, including the Lily Dreyfuss Memorial Award for musical achievement in dance, Flora Stone Mather Award for achievements in the humanities and Beth Pearce Nelson Award in music theory.


  • BS in mathematics
  • BA in psychology and dance
  • MS in applied mathematics, Case Western Reserve University
    • Mr. Cooke’s thesis was “Algorithmic Stochastic Music,” which combined mathematics and music into a system of composition and theoretical analysis
  • DMA in music composition, Cleveland Institute of Music; studied with Keith Fitch

Teaching Experience

  • Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Mathematics Faculty, Case Western Reserve University (2018)
  • Composition Instructor, CIM (2017-18)
  • Faculty, CIM Young Composers Program (2018)
  • Theory Substitute, CIM (2014, 2017-18)
  • Resident Composer and Music Director, R.E.D. Dance Company (2011-17)
  • Graduate Instructor of Mathematics, CWRU (2012, 2015-17)
  • Supplemental Instructor of Mathematics, CWRU (2008-11)
  • Faculty, Music on the Verge (2012)