In response to his recent New York solo debut, the Examiner opined that saxophonist Andrew J. Allen had “performed brilliantly,” and he has been praised by the Wichita Falls Times-Record News for his "savory warmth." Dr. Allen has appeared with orchestras in Georgia, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas, 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; the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium; national and regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the College Music Society; and the Ball State University Festival of New Music. As an advocate of new music, he 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, Dr. Allen has presented research at the International Saxophone Symposium, the College Music Society South Central chapter conference, and conventions of the Michigan, North Dakota, and South Dakota Music Education Associations. 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, he 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.