Alexander Khalil is an ethnomusicologist and cognitive scientist. He is a cantor in the Greek Orthodox tradition, having studied under the late John Mestakides, former first cantor of Jerusalem. As a cantor, Khalil has served both the Greek and Antiochian Orthodox Archdioceses of America. He has contributed as a cantor to efforts of both Cappella Romana and the Mount Lebanon Choir, and has taught at workshops for the Koukouzelis Institute. His doctoral research, completed at the University of California, San Diego, investigates the present- day tradition at one of its most significant centers: the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. More recently, he has extended his work to communities in diaspora. Khalil also holds an MFA in music composition from California Institute of the Arts and has created music in a wide variety of media from resonant stones to sonification of human brainwaves.