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Fred J Allen

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Fred J. Allen


Fred J. Allen (b. 1953) is an American composer, conductor, and teacher.

Allen is director of bands and professor of music at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In addition to his conducting the Wind Ensemble he teaches graduate conducting, orchestration and music education classes. He oversees nearly three hundred band students involved in the band program, in four concert groups, the athletic bands and several chamber ensembles. He is a past recipient of the SFA.S.U Teaching Excellence Award, and has been a finalist for the SFA.S.U Achievement in Teaching Award. He was recognized in 2012 with the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Texas Bandmasters Association.

Under his direction, the Wind Ensemble at SFA has performed at conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association of Composers/USA, Texas Chapter and the South Central Regional Music Conference in Monroe, La. His SFA Wind Ensemble has performed with several guest artists and guest conductors. Under his leadership the SFA Wind Ensemble continues its long tradition of commissioning new works from composers. Recent commissions have produced works from James Syler, David Maslanka, Samuel Zyman, Frank Ticheli, Jack Stamp, Michael Mower, Dan Welcher and Jonathan Newman.

As a woodwind specialist, he performed professionally at Opryland U.S.A., for the Ice Capades, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey’s Circus and for over forty musical productions and operas. He is a former member of the Orchestra of the Pines, the Abilene Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, and the Irving Symphony as well as community bands in Forth Worth and Lubbock.

Allen has conducted all-region and all-state bands throughout Texas and the United States, where he is also an active concert clinician and adjudicator. He has often served as guest conductor for bands playing at the Midwest Clinic and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and has also conducted in Korea, Taiwan and Australia.

Allen has published several pieces for band, orchestra and flute choir that draw upon his experience in teaching in the public schools in Texas. These works have been performed frequently at conventions and festivals across the United States and internationally.

He is a member of the American Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Fraternity, the College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association and A.S.CAP.

Works for Winds


  • Fred J. Allen Music Accessed 21 July 2019
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 193.