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JOHN CLAY ALLEN

composer | pianist

EDUCATION

 

2016 – present  D.M.A., composition, expected completion: May 2019

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Dissertation: Listener Reception in Natasha Barrett’s Animalcules: A Spectromorphological

Approach to Understanding Narrative; and Piano Concerto (original composition)

 

2013 – 2015  M.A., composition, related field: orchestral conducting

University of North Texas, Denton, TX, summa cum laude

Thesis: An Analysis of Du cristal…à la fumée by Kaija Saariaho and Axiom Unearthed (original composition)

 

2009 – 2013  B.M., composition and piano performance with emphasis in pedagogy

West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX, summa cum laude

 

Principal Teachers  Michael Theodore, Carter Pann, John Drumheller, Kirsten Broberg, Andrew May, B.J. Brooks

 

Other Teachers & Master Classes

Composition: Dan Kellogg, John Fitz Rogers, Lawrence Dillon, Marcos Balter,

Christopher Cerrone, Kerrith Livengood, James Mobberley, Forrest Pierce,

Gabriela Lena Frank, Stevan Tickmayer,  Katharina Rosenberger, Lowell Liebermann,

Robert Patterson, Jon Nelson

 

Piano: Denise Parr-Scanlin

Conducting: Mark Bartley, Clay Couturiaux

 

Festivals & Workshops

2017 CU New Opera Workshop composer fellow

2015 Charlotte New Music Festival composer fellow

2015 New Music On the Point composer fellow

2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music  composer fellow

 

 TEACHING

 

 Instructor of Record

 2016 – present  Graduate Part-Time Instructor

 University of Colorado

 Courses taught: MUEL 4081/2061 – Intro to Music Technology for Non-Majors

 MUSC 4081/2061 – Intro to Music Technology for Music Majors

 MUEL 3051 – Basic Composition for Non-Majors

 MUSC 3061 – Beginning Composition for Music Majors

 

 2017 – present  Lecturer

 University of Colorado, Continuing Education

 Courses taught: PMUS 1526 – Applied Composition

 

 2014 – 2015  Instructor

 Midland College, Midland, TX

 Courses Taught: MUSI 1306 – Music Appreciation

 MUSI 1181, 2181, 2182 – Class Piano I, II, and III

 MUAP 1177 – Applied Piano I

 

 Graduate Reader

 2018 University of Colorado

 MUEL 2752 – Music in American Culture: Tragedy and Inspiration

 

 2013 University of North Texas

 MUTH 1400 – Music Theory I

 

 Guest Lectures

 2017 University of Missouri at Kansas City

 “Hierarchical Structures in the Music of Per Nørgård”

 

 2015 West Texas A&M University

 “An Analysis of Du cristal . . . à la fumée by Kaija Saariajo”

 

 Other Teaching

 2014 – present Instructor

 In Home Music Teachers, Denver, CO & Dallas, TX

 Taught private piano lessons

 

 2012 – 2013 Instructor

 Sharron Whipple Music Studio, Amarillo, TX

 Taught private and group piano lessons

 

 RELATED WORK

 

 2017 – present Media Manager

 Pendulum New Music, University of Colorado

 Administered Pendulum website and social media accounts, edited concert video and audio, served as

 production manager for Pendulum events in the Atlas Blackbox Theater, and oversaw the 64-Bit Composition Competition

 

2016 – present College of Music IT Support

University of Colorado

Assisted College of Music faculty and staff with integrating technology into their teaching and resolved issues regarding G Suite, Canvas, D2L, and website maintenance

 

 2013 – 2015 Music Director & Pianist

 First United Methodist Church, Aubrey, TX

 Directed the adult choir, accompanied congregational singing, and performed weekly special music

 

 

 2011 – 2013  Accompanist (piano & organ)

 First United Methodist Church, Canyon, TX

 Accompanied the adult choir and congregational singing

 

 CONFERENCES

 2019 Society for Electroacoustic Music in the U.S.   Boston, MA

 Paper Session: Listener Reception in Natasha Barrett’s Animalcules

 

 2018 Exchange of Midwestern Collegiate Composers  Iowa City, IA

 Performances: Light Pillars, Light Pillars II

 Paper Session: The Materials of Light Pillars

 

 2018 UNK New Music Festival  Kearney, NE

 Performance: My Father Knew Roger Waters

 

 2017 Exchange of Midwestern Collegiate Composers  Kansas City, MO

 Performance: Four Howe Songs

 Paper Session: Hierarchical Structures in the Music of Per Nørgåard

 

 2016 Society for Electroacoustic Music in the U.S.  Blacksburg, VA

 Performance: Aqueous

 

 2015 Society of Composers, inc. Region I Conference  Orono, ME

 Performance: Mirage

 

 2015 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival  New York, NY

 Performance: Aqueous

 

 2014 Society for Electroacoustic Music in the U.S.   Middletown, CT

 Performance: Meditation

 

 2013 Congreso Internacional de Ciencia y Technología Musical  Buenos Aires, Ar

 Performance: Meditation

 

COMMISSIONS

2018 sAge Brass Toccata

2018 Boulder Altitude Directive Hopp

2017 Joanna Hope Toohey Nantahala

2017 Ajax string quartet Prophet

2017  FUMC Big Spring, TX  Preludes: Book I

2016  Bert Bostic  Set Me as a Seal

2016  FUMC Big Spring, TX  O God, the Holy Spirit

2015   New Music on the Point  Uncoiled

2015  Charlotte New Music  Fumus

2015  Bryan Hutchinson  The Lord Will Be Our Everlasting Light

2014   Grant Bingham (Duo Solo Foundation) Interstitial

2014  Cortona Sessions for New Music Vistas and Vitreous

2012  Alpha Nu chapter of  In the Path that Leads Upward Toward the Stars   Mu Phi Epsilon

2012  Top Brass    Spirit of the Mountain

2010  Top Brass  A Christmas Fantasy

 

AWARDS

2018 Graduate Composer Award (CU) for Prophet

2017 Graduate Composer Award (CU) for Light Pillars

2014 David M. Schimmel Memorial Composition Scholarship (UNT)

2012 First Place: Royal L. Brantley Composition Competition for Speculum

 

SERVICE

2018 – present Sonic Arts (CU) Committee Member

2018  64-Bit Composition Competition Adjudicator

2017 – present Pendulum New Music (CU) Committee Member

2017  64-Bit Composition Competition Adjudicator

2016  Equinox Composition Competition Adjudicator

2015 – present Equinox New Music Collective Co-founder & Director

2014 – 2015 Graduate Student Council (UNT) Composition Department Representative

 

SOFTWARE

Logic, Reason, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton, Max/MSP/Jitter, Pure Data, Soundhack, Audiosculpt, Spear, Sonic Visualizer,  Sibelius, Finale, Final Cut,  Adobe Creative Suite

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States

Society of Composers, inc.

American Composers Forum

Music Teachers National Association

 

 

© 2019 by John Clay Allen

JOHN CLAY ALLEN

composer | pianist