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Joe McAllister

Joe McAllister

Assistant Professor, Collaborative Piano

School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

(970) 351-2993
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado

Campus Box
Greeley, CO 80639

Professional/Academic Experience

Joe McAllister enjoys a versatile career as a pianist, teacher, and chamber musician. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in collaborative piano at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. At UNC, he teaches collaborative piano, techniques of vocal coaching for pianists, and aural skills. He is an active performer in the northern Colorado region. Recently, he has performed with members of the Colorado Symphony and enjoys collaborating with his colleagues in UNC's School of Music. He has also performed in concert with large ensembles, including the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Dance Theatre Orchestra. He currently serves as the pianist for vocal ensembles as UNC. Prior to his position at UNC, Dr. McAllister was Staff Pianist at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Instructor of Applied Lessons at Front Range Community College. During his doctoral studies, Dr. McAllister was an instructor of class piano and assistant opera coach, as well as an active member and officer of the UNC chapter of MTNA, through which he coordinated the chapter's annual Youth Piano Competition. He has presented posters at several of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association conferences and has presented lectures to the Greeley Area Music Teachers Association. He has published multiple scholarly works. An article of his focusing on the use of metaphor in describing the tone and timbre of the piano was accepted and published in the Notes and Newsof the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. His dissertation presents an analysis and performance guide of Olivier Messiaen's song cycle, Chants de terre et de ciel.Dr. McAllister received his Doctor of Arts degree in collaborative piano from the University of Northern Colorado, his Master of arts degree in piano performance from Florida Atlantic University, and his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Boston Conservatory. His primary mentors have included Willem van Schalkwyk, Edward Turgeon, Heather Coltman, Max Levinson, and Harold Brown.