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Colin McAllister

Guitarist Colin McAllister is widely recognized for his innovative concert programming and stylistic diversity. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Mexico. Recent highlights include the XIII Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra (Tijuana, Mexico), Pacific Rim Music Festival in Santa Cruz, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, San Francisco sfSoundSeries, Breda Jazz Festival (Breda, Netherlands, Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival (Hungary), Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Colorado College New Music Symposium. He is a founding member of the new music ensemble NOISE and the Executive Director of the SoundON Festival of Modern Music in La Jolla, California. With xylophonist Morris Palter, he performs in the SpeakEasy jazz and ragtime duo. In the San Diego-area, Colin leads the Trilix Jazz Trio, featuring Rob Thorsen and Russell Bizzett.

His two books, The Vanguard Guitar: Etudes and Exercises for the Study of Contemporary Music and Fourteenth Century Counterpoint: Music of the Chantilly Codex are published by Les Productions d’Oz (Saint-Romuald, Québec). He has recorded for the Old King Cole, Tzadik, and Innova record labels. Colin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where he is a Lecturer in Music and director of the guitar program.


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Doctor of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music Performance - University of California, San Diego (2004) I currently direct the classical and jazz guitar program at the University of California, San Diego. Please email me for current rates and availability!


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