Stephen Arthur Allen
Dr. Allen began his musical career by gaining performing and teaching diplomas in brass instrument playing and by winning national awards and television appearances as a euphonium soloist. In 1979 he won the UK National Solo Champion award in the Open Section followed by a Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music awarded by Eric Ball O.B.E. and Geoffrey Brand. He graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with the highest B.A. (Academic with Honors) degree in that institution's 100-year history.
Dr. Allen’s formative musicological training was shaped by Alan Jeffris (Cambridgeshire); Anthony Cross (Birmingham Conservatoire); Dr. Donald Mitchell (Aldeburgh, Suffolk) and Hans Keller (Dartington, Devon). After studying composition with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Dr. Robert Simpson and conducting with Sir Simon Rattle (and his teachers, George Hurst and John Carewe), Dr. Allen went on to conduct his compositions in London (Royal Albert Hall), Los Angeles (Shrine Auditorium and Rose Bowl), Boston (Boston Gardens) and Australia (the Sydney Opera House).
Dr. Allen is a recorded and published composer. His Gaudy Flourishes was commissioned by and premiered at Oxford University and his Heroes: A Symphonic Fanfare for concert band (2004) and brass band (2005), was written with a Rider Fellowship in Composition.
Dr. Allen founded The Princeton Brass Band in 2004, of which he is Musical Director. The band has given premieres of works by Peter Meechan, Derek Bourgeois, Sir Paul McCartney and Composer-in-Residence Michael Carl Green. In 2010 the Princeton Brass Band was recognized as Ensemble-in-Residence at Rider University. The band has played on national tour (Kentucky, Durham, NC, and Michigan) and has won honors at the North American Brass Band Championships (NABBA). The Princeton Brass Band has a growing archive on You Tube. Dr. Allen has served on both the Music and Development Committees of NABBA and was voted President for 2011-13.
As a performer Dr. Allen has recorded as a euphonium artist and has performed around the world. He has also been guest Principal Euphonium and/or soloist with Imperial Brass Band (Woodbridge), The Eastern Wind Symphony (The College of New Jersey), the Blawenburg Band, the Princeton Brass Band and the professional Garden State Symphonic Band. Dr. Allen is Visiting Professor of Euphonium at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey where he maintains a studio and chamber ensemble. He had the honor of being invited to record the euphonium examples on the CD accompanying Dr. Scott Whitener's seminal pedagogical opus A Complete Guide to Brass: Instruments and Technique, 3rd ed. (Schirmer, 2007). In 2010 Dr. Allen gave the world premiere of the complete Gareth Wood Euphonium Concerto with the Rutgers Symphonic Band and was a Guest Artist at the North Eastern Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference at Montclair State University, NJ in 2011.
Dr. Allen's masters and doctoral studies at Oxford University (2003) centered on the operas of Benjamin Britten and major publications detailing his approach are available in The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten, ed. Mervyn Cooke (hardcopy, Cambridge University Press), The International Journal of the Humanities and The Journal of Musicological Research.
In April 2011 Dr. Allen peer-reviewed the Letters of Benjamin Britten, volume IV Twentieth-Century Music / Volume 6 / Issue 02 and a chapter on Britten is being prepared for a centennial book for Oxford University Press in 2013. His article The Evolution of a Concerto, about his personal journey with the Gareth Wood Euphonium Concerto, was published in the spring of 2011 by the ITEA Journal.
In 2010 Dr. Allen published an experimental new kind of verbal musical analysis designed to open up “serious music” to a wider public. He hopes to develop this method in pop music also on his Facebook page ‘Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen: Music Talks’.
In addition Dr. Allen has edited chapters in Rock and Roll: An Introduction by Michael Campbell and James Brody, 2nd ed. (Schirmer, 2007) and he assisted with the 12th edition of Basic Materials in Music Theory by Harder and Steinke (Prentice Hall). 2011 also saw the publication of his program essays for the CDs Moto Perpetuo by David Childs (Doyen: DOYCD262) and Apophenia: The Wind Music of Peter Meechan (KMJ: L4R001)
Dr. Allen has tutored in music for the Queen’s, St. Hilda's and Somerville Colleges of Oxford University, where he was on the ‘Oxford University Official List of Recognized Teachers’ (1998, Strohm). He has lectured at Oxford and at the Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England. He has lectured on Britten’s music for Australian National Radio and was a Guest Lecturer at the ‘Britten Festival’, SUNY, Fredonia, NY in 2005. In Fall 2006 Dr. Allen was Visiting Faculty for the Music Department of Princeton University teaching on the history of pop and rock music.
Dr. Allen is Professor of Music at Rider University. In 2010-11 he initiated and co-designed a new BA in Popular Music Culture at Rider (2012). Focusing primarily on the historical, analytical and social contexts of popular music this new curriculum is virtually unique to the North Eastern region of North America and has radically redefined the music department at Rider University.
Dr. Allen teaches courses on Music Theory, Music History Survey, Music and Society (Music Introduction), World Music, Beethoven and the Romantic Age, The Music of the Beatles, A History of Pop and Rock Music, Great Composers, Musical Masterworks, The Arts in Contemporary Civilization, Composition, Music and the Theater and The Operas of Benjamin Britten (at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and at Rutgers University). He is developing a series of online courses. His current research interests continue in the music of Britten, the Beatles, Radiohead, the history of pop and rock and the history of the brass band movement.
Dr. Allen is a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP); the American Musicological Society (AMS); the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA); the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA); the Birmingham Conservatoire Alumni Association (UK); the Oxford Alumni Association of New York (OAANY).