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Colin McAllister

Colin McAllister

VAPA Music Program Coordinator & Lecturer

Colin McAllister enjoys a rich musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor and educator. Past performance highlights include appearances at the Monday Evening Concerts, New Music Miami, San Francisco sfSound, SoundON Festival of Modern Music, New Music DePaul, CSU-Bakersfield Guitar Arts Series, CSU-Fullerton New Music Festival, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, 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, Bohem Ragtime Festival, Breda Jazz Festival, Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS), San Diego Opera, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

His repertoire spans the gamut of historical periods and styles: from the late fourteenth-century polyphony of the ars subtilior to recent modernist works as well as jazz. He is frequently in demand as a chamber musician and has worked with many groups including NOISE, soundSCAPE, Art of Élan and the Veronika String Quartet. Recent world and U.S. premieres have included works by Christopher Adler, Matthew Burtner, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann and Pamela Madsen.

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." He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and currently serves as the Coordinator of the Music Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and guitarist/conductor of the Peak Frequency Creative Arts Collective.  




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
Classical Music History
• Guitar Ensemble  

Upper Division
• The Business of Music: Individual Career
Design and Professional Skills