Valley City State University
As an advocate of new music, Andrew J. Allen has premiered works by Yoomi Paick, Greg Simon, Annie Neikirk, Matthew Fink, Michael Mikulka, Andrew Francis, Robert Bradshaw, Lee Michael Flatt, Justin Rito, and Nathan Prillaman, and has been intensely involved with the composers of the Melos Music Collective. He has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Midland (MI) Symphony, and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra; and has appeared at the Sixteenth World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland; national and regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance; and the College Music Society National Convention. He recently made his New York solo debut at Manhattan's home for innovative works by young artists, The Tank. In response, the Examiner.com opined that he had "performed brilliantly." As a scholar and pedagogue, Mr. Allen's educational and critical writings on music have appeared in The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra magazine and the North American Saxophone Alliance Update.
In the fall of 2013, Mr. Allen began an appointment as a tenure-track faculty member in the department of music at Valley CIty State University in Valley City, North Dakota. He has previously served on the faculty of Claflin University. Mr. Allen holds the Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education from Tennessee Technological University and the Master of Music degree in performance from Central Michigan University where he studied with Phil Barham and John Nichol, respectively. He is currently completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of South Carolina, where he is a student of Dr. Clifford Leaman. Mr. Allen has pursued additional studies with Joseph Lulloff at the Brevard Music Center.