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. » In demand as a soloist and chamber musician, Allen has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain, and France. Twenty works have been commissioned and premiered by him from such composers as Francois Rosse, Jesse Jones, Greg Simon, and Jay Batzner and current projects include new pieces from world-renowned composers Robert Lemay and Fang Man. His first album, recorded with percussionist Gordon Hicken, is now available through Equilibrium Recordings.
Allen has received accolades as a quarter-finalist of both the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition. As an ensemble musician, he has performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. He currently serves as principal saxophonist of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, and present chamber ensemble activities include the percussion and saxophone group Rogue Two, the flute and saxophone ensemble The Allen Duo, and SAGA Quartet. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble, the Midwestern State University Percussion Ensemble, and the Oklahoma State University Chamber Orchestra. Equally adept as a jazz saxophonist, Allen has served as a sideman with Gary Foster, Byron Stripling, Jeff Coffin, R&B luminaries The Temptations, and country music legend Ronnie Milsap.
Allen is one of the most active researchers and public pedagogues of the saxophone today. His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Music, The Saxophone Symposium, Saxophone Today, The NACWPI Journal, JazzEd, and School Band and Orchestra , among many other publications. Allen has lectured throughout the United States and abroad, and has presented clinics at music education conferences throughout the country. He is editor of the NACWPI Journal and serves on the editorial board of The Saxophone Symposium.
Andrew J. 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 at the Brevard Music Center, and Claude Delangle, Vincent David, and Arno Bornkamp at the European University of Saxophone. Allen is a Vandoren Artist and an Artist-Clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and performs exclusively on Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds.