In response to his recent New York solo debut, the Examiner opined that saxophonist Andrew J. Allen had “performed brilliantly.” He has appeared with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Midland (MI) Symphony, and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, 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; the Ball State University Festival of New Music; 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, he has presented at conferences of the Michigan, North Dakota, and South Dakota Music Education Associations, and his writings on music have appeared in The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra magazine, The TBA Bandmasters Review, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Update. In addition, Dr. Allen is a staff writer for Saxophone Today, penning the "Repertoire Today" column.
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, and he holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina. His teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, and Clifford Leaman. Dr. Allen is an Artist-Clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces.