Alexa Brown (Thomson) spent the first years of her life in South Dakota, where she enjoyed her first orchestral success as concertmaster of the South Dakota All State Orchestra in high school. She then moved to New Zealand, where her father's family are from. She completed secondary studies and an undergraduate degree at the New Zealand School of Music, graduating with a Bachelor's in Music with Honors. While studying she played with Orchestra Wellington in both the violin and viola sections, received the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Alex Lindsay Award, and held an orchestral fellowship with the Auckland Philharmonia. Alexa then returned to the United States to pursue a Professional Performance Certificate with Dr. Timothy Deighton at Penn State, and subsequently moved to Houston to round out her studies with a Master's of Music in viola performance at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with Professor James Dunham.
While at Rice, she held a Brown Fellowship and worked in the Young Children's Division exploring music and movement, and was awarded a Sviatoslav-Richter Grant for an outreach project that involved taking iconic solo viola repertoire by New Zealand composers, as well as the stories behind the music, into the community venues of Houston. After graduation she began working as one of the Houston Symphony's full-time Community-Embedded Musicians, building on her work in the greater Houston community while also performing in the viola section of the symphony. After pandemic program cuts in 2020, she pivoted and spent one year as the orchestra director at Carver High School, gaining a teaching certificate as well as a wealth of new experiences with music through a slightly different avenue.
Following a year of teaching, Alexa moved to Omaha with her husband for his career advancement, which coincided nicely with the Omaha Symphony's viola auditions in the 2021/22 season when she won her current position in the section. Alexa is very happy to have this opportunity to continue performing and learning with this wonderful group of musicians. When not playing the viola she enjoys a simple life and spends time with her husband and kids.