University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (2016 – 2019 )

D.M.A., composition

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

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


University of North Texas, Denton, TX (2013 – 2015 )

 M.A., composition, related field: orchestral conducting

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


West Texas A&M University, Canyon, TX,  (2009 – 2013)

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


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


Professional Appointments


University of Colorado

Artistic Director, Pendulum New Music (2019 – 2020 )


University Teaching

Metropolitan State University of Denver (2019 – Present)

Affiliate Faculty

Courses Taught: Class Piano 1, Class Piano III, Class Piano IV, Class Piano for Non-Majors, Basic Music Technology



University of Colorado Boulder (Spring 2017 – Spring 2019, Fall 2020)


Courses Taught: Applied Composition Lessons


 Graduate Part-Time Instructor (Instructor of Record) (2016 – 2019)

 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


 Midland College, Midland, TX (2014 – 2015)


 Courses Taught: MUSI 1306 – Music Appreciation

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

 MUAP 1177 – Applied Piano I


 Graduate Reader

University of Colorado (2018)

MUEL 2752 – Music in American Culture: Tragedy and Inspiration


University of North Texas (2013)

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




Pendulum New Music, University of Colorado

 2017 – 2019 Media Manager

 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


 First United Methodist Church, Aubrey, TX (2013  – 2015)

 Music Director & Pianist

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


 First United Methodist Church, Canyon, TX

 2011 – 2013  Accompanist (piano & organ)

 Accompanied the adult choir and congregational singing



 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



2021 Boulder Symphony: Three Björk Songs (arrangement)

2019 ArtHyve: In Dwelling

2019 Boulder Symphony: And Yet it Moves

2019 Pendulum New Music: Turn

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 Mu Phi Epsilon: In the Path that Leads Upward Toward the Stars

2012  Top Brass:    Spirit of the Mountain

2010  Top Brass:  A Christmas Fantasy



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



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



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



Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States

Society of Composers, inc.

American Composers Forum

Music Teachers National Association

© 2022 by John Clay Allen