Guitarist Colin McAllister is the Coordinator of the Music Program at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and co-director of the Peak Frequency Creative Arts Collective. Via a diverse range of musical interests, an uncommon versatility, and a dynamic stage presence, he maintains an active performance schedule throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. 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 an ensemble player and works regularly with many groups. He is the guitarist and conductor for the new music ensemble NOISE and a co-founder of the SoundON Festival of Modern Music.
A compassionate advocate for the contemporary repertoire, Colin has premiered over fifty new works and has worked closely with many leading composers including Helmut Lachenmann and Tristan Murail. He has played in numerous contemporary and chamber music festivals (Monday Evening Concerts, sfSound, New Music DePaul, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra, Dallas Festival of Modern Music, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez, Seattle Transport Jazz, Bohem Ragtime Festival, Breda Jazz Festival, among others) and held visiting artist residencies at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras, University of Wisconsin, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and UNAM of Mexico City. 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."
Colin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego where he studied guitar with Celin Romero and Stuart Fox, conducting with Rand Steiger, and interpretation with Bertram Turetzky. Since 2010, he has been the manager of the Camera Lucida Chamber Music Series in La Jolla, California.
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
• Music & Entrepreneurship
• Guitar Ensemble