OBITUARY

Monte Hill Davis Alexander

May 24, 1932June 2, 2018
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Monte Hill Davis Alexander, eminent concert classical pianist, passed away on June 2, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

Mrs. Alexander was born in Many, Louisiana on May 24, 1932. She was raised in Nacogdoches, Texas until the age of 12 at which time she moved to Denton, Texas to further her musical studies. She had a long and distinguished career as a concert pianist and piano teacher. She began her piano studies at the age of 5 with Mame Middlebrook, and, at the age of 9, appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, performing the Mozart D Major Concerto (The Coronation). In Denton, she continued her studies with Dr’s. Silvio and Isabel Scionti. She stayed in Denton through high school, and attended the University of North Texas; where in 1952 she earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano and in 1957 she earned a Master of Music in Piano. In 1963, she studied piano in London with Ilona Kabos.

During this time she was touring and performing in the United States, Brazil, Peru, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. She has also made appearances performing with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra directed by Arthur Fiedler, and the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Mrs. Alexander, known as Miss Davis to many of her students, taught piano at several different Texas colleges and for most of her adult life, taught piano students in her home. She is beloved by them to this day.

In 1949, Mrs. Alexander won a Gold Medal in the G.B. Dealey Memorial Award competition in Dallas. She won the Silver Medal in the Geneva International Competition in 1952. In 1953, she entered the Ferrucio Bussoni International Competition capturing second place. Mrs. Alexander won first prize in the International Competition in Munich, Germany in 1955. Monte is also one of the several hundred designated Steinway Artists in the world.

In 1953, she returned from Europe to America to marry Jack David Alexander. She was widowed in 1962, and is survived by her daughters, Monte Ann Mahrer and Katherine Lee, as well as her son-in-law Bryan Lee, and her grandchildren: Daniel Lee, Andrew Alexander Mahrer, Lauren Kimberly Mahrer, Bret Monte Mahrer, Ruth Roddy and her husband Curtis Roddy, and great granddaughter Reagan Roddy.

A Graveside Service for Mrs. Alexander will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 10am at Laurel Land Memorial Park (6000 S R L Thornton Fwy. Dallas, TX 75232).

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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J Jensen

June 11, 2018

It was my pleasure to make a flower bouquet delivery to Mrs. Alexander after her daughter, Monte, found out we were distant cousins through DNA matching in the Fall of 2017. We had a long talk and she was a kind and gentle soul that I met through her daughter.

My condolences to the family.

Sondra Black

June 9, 2018

We were neighbors of Monte and grew up with Monte Ann and Katherine. “Big Monte” as we referred to her had strict house rules but nevertheless we enjoyed playing there. Katherine and I played horses in her room but had to whisper when Monte was at the piano. On days she was not teaching piano, we were back in Monte Anns bedroom dancing to loud 70s music with a disco ball splaying lights. Then we would get dressed up and put on a fashion show for Big Monte. Fun times! She raised 2 wonderful daughters on her own. Not and easy thing to do! She will be missed. Love y’all Sondra

Michael Richter

June 7, 2018

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Michael Richter

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Michael Richter

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Michael Richter

June 7, 2018

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Miss Mamie (Monte’s first piano teacher) and Monte

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