Midwestern State University
In response to his recent New York solo debut, the Examiner opined that saxophonist Andrew J. Allen had “performed brilliantly.” He has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and has been heard as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe, including performances 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. As an advocate of new music, Dr. Allen has premiered more than a dozen works for the saxophone by composers such as Jay Batzner, Greg Simon, and Annie Neikirk. As a scholar and pedagogue, his educational and critical writings on music have appeared in The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra magazine, The Texas Bandmasters Association's Bandmasters Review, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Update, and he is a staff writer for Saxophone Today, penning a column on contemporary music.
Dr. Allen is an assistant professor of music at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He has previously served on the faculties of Claflin University and Valley City State University. He holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina, and his teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, and Clifford Leaman.
Dr. Allen is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces.