Alex Cooke holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Keith Fitch. He also holds a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from Case Western Reserve University, where his thesis was Algorithmic Stochastic Music, combining mathematics and music into a system of composition and theoretical analysis. His current research focuses on parallels between the physics of phase transitions and algorithmic music, for which he and co-PI Jesse Berezovsky (CWRU) were awarded an Emerging Horizons Initiative grant from Case Western. His music is characterized by a strong attention to texture and melody; it often draws inspiration from natural phenomena, seeking to evoke complex sensory experiences in a musical setting. In addition to his classically oriented composition, Cooke is also an avid songwriter and electronic musician.  


  • BS in mathematics
  • BA in psychology and dance
  • MS in applied mathematics, Case Western Reserve University
  • DMA in music composition, Cleveland Institute of Music; studied with Keith Fitch

Teaching Experience

  • Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music
  • Faculty, Sphinx Performance Academy (2019, 2022)
  • Mathematics Faculty, Case Western Reserve University (2018)
  • Composition Instructor, CIM (2017-18)
  • Faculty, CIM Young Composers Program (2018)
  • Theory Substitute, CIM (2014, 2017-18)
  • Graduate Instructor of Mathematics, CWRU (2012, 2015-17)
  • Supplemental Instructor of Mathematics, CWRU (2008-11)
  • Faculty, Music on the Verge (2012)