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 he currently serves as principal saxophonist with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe, including performances at World Saxophone Congresses in Great Britain and France; the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference; 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. He has also been a quarter-finalist in both the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
As an advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Allen has premiered more than a dozen works for the saxophone by composers such as Jay Batzner, Greg Simon, and Jesse Jones. As a scholar and pedagogue, Dr. Allen has presented research at the World Saxophone Congress, the NACWPI National Conference, 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 Saxophone Symposium, The NACWPI Journal, The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra , The TBA Bandmasters Review, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Update. In addition, he is editor of the NACWPI Journal and 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 primary teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, and Clifford Leaman, and he has received additional instruction from Joseph Lulloff, Claude Delangle, Vincent David, and Arno Bornkamp. Dr. Allen is an Artist-Clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and an Endorsing Artist for Légère Reeds Ltd. He performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces and Légère Signature reeds.