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Colin McAllister

Colin McAllister

VAPA Music Program Coordinator & Lecturer

Guitarist Colin McAllister enjoys a rich musical life as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. A committed performer of contemporary music, he has given the U.S. premiere of works by leading European figures of the avant-garde including Franco Donatoni, Brian Ferneyhough, Vinko Globokar, Helmut Lachenmann and Rolf Riehm. Composers with whom he has collaborated in the creation of new works include Christopher Adler, Ofer Ben-Amots, Christopher Burns, Matthew Burtner, Madelyn Byrne, Juan Campoverde Q., Peter Edwards, Pamela Madsen, Chris Mercer, Eric Simonson, Stuart Saunders Smith and Erik Ulman among many others.

Colin has performed throughout North America and Europe including the Monday Evening Concerts, New Music Miami, San Francisco sfSound, Darmstadt International Music Festival, Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra, Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez in Mexico City, Tijuana Innovadora, Seattle Transport Jazz, Breda Jazz Festival and the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS). As a guest artist, he has appeared with the San Diego Opera, San Diego Symphony, Colorado Symphony and the La Jolla Symphony. He is the guitarist and conductor for the ensemble NOISE, and a co-founder of the SoundON Festival of Modern Music, held each January in La Jolla, California. Colin has recorded for the Innova, Albany, Old King Cole, Vienna Modern Masters, Carrier and Tzadik record labels. He has two publications with Productions d'OZ: The Vanguard Guitar and Fourteenth Century Counterpoint: Music of the Chantilly Codex. The Vanguard Guitar was praised by Soundboard magazine as "a great success...not only a primer of modern techniques, but also a library of current performance practices."

In addition to music, Colin is currently pursuing the Master of Arts in History at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. His research interests are centered on Patristic eschatology, particularly Tyconius and Lactantius, as well as early medieval latin apocalyptic. His current projects include a translation of the Cambridge D.d X16 commentary and a reconstruction of the Hiberno-Latin gloss that underpins it (both with Dr. Francis X. Gumerlock), as well as a paper on the eschatology of Lactantius.  Each spring, he hosts Through a Glass Darkly: UCCS Symposium on Apocalyptic at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities.

The 2015-16 season includes chamber performances with the McAllister-Keller Duo, Taos Chamber Music Group, Peak FreQuency and Chamber Music in the Pines; solo recitals at the XIX Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra in Queretaro, México, Concerts on the Platte in Kearney, Nebraska, and the Second Tuesdays series in Arvada, Colorado; performances of Pierre Boulez's Le marteau sans maître in California and Arizona; a residency at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras in Morelia, México; the SoundON IX Festival of Modern Music "Apocalypse and Transfiguration"; a concerto performance with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs; and numerous engagements with the Trilix Jazz Trio in the US and Mexico. Colin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of California, San Diego, where he studied guitar with Celin Romero and Stuart Fox, and conducting with Harvey Sollberger and Rand Steiger. He currently serves as the Coordinator of the Music Program and Lecturer in Music and Humanities at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.


Selected Publications:
The Vanguard Guitar: Etudes and Exercises for the Study of Contemporary Music. Québec: Les Productions d'Oz. 2004.

Fourteenth century Counterpoint: Music of the Chantilly Codex. Québec: Les Productions d'Oz, 2005.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers
Guitar Foundation of America
North American Patristics Society



D.M.A. in Contemporary Music Performance, University of California, San Diego

M.A. in Contemporary Music Performance, University of California, San Diego

B.S. University of Colorado, Denver

Courses I Teach

Lower Division
• GPS 1010: Gateway Program Seminar
• MUS 1500: Applied Music - Private Instruction (Classical/Jazz Guitar) 
• MUS 2050: Jazz History
• MUS 2850: Classical Music History I  

Upper Division
• MUS 3150: Introduction to Ethnomusicology
• MUS 4960: The Business of Music: Entrepreneurship & Creative Enterprise 
• MUS 9400: Indepenent Research Study
• HUM 3990: Transition and Rebirth: The Idea of Renaissance in Europe
• HUM 3990: Visions of Darkness: Apocalypse and Dystopia in Literature, Art & Film