Alexis Paxton has been teaching music for 17 years, 11 of them as choral director at Noe Middle School, and the last six at Louisville Male Traditional High School in Louisville, KY. She serves as Music Department Chairperson at Male High School, where she directs five choral ensembles. She also serves on the Choral Council for the Kentucky Music Educators Association as District 12 choral chairperson, and is active in ACDA. Alexis has been a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in several states, and is an advisor for the Kentucky Ambassadors European Tour. She has had choirs perform for both KMEA and the Southern Division ACDA Conventions. She is also a staff member for Camp A Cappella every summer.
Mrs. Paxton created her first a cappella ensemble at LMHS in 2013, and her first collegiate a cappella group, Cardinal Rule, at the University of Louisville in January 2014. Male High School’s Bulldog Beats debuted at the Kettering National A Cappella Festival in 2013. Highlights of the group include their first place finish as Grand Champion at the Voices in Harmony Festival in 2017 and their appearance at the National A Cappella Educators Association National Competition in 2017, where they placed third and received the award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion. Bulldog Beats enjoys singing for the Louisville community and a variety of school events. In addition to Bulldog Beats, Mrs. Paxton developed a second a cappella group, 1856, in 2015, and is currently searching for a name for the third addition to the a cappella family at Male High School.
The choirs at Male perform a wide variety of challenging repertoire, for both school performances and community events. Under Mrs. Paxton’s direction, the choir program has grown from 112 students to over two hundred, and has consistently earned Distinguished and Proficient ratings at district festival assessment. The choir has traveled to Chicago, New York City, and Orlando, FL.