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For 30 years Dan Allcott has been conducting daring collaborations, outstanding symphonic concerts, and leading opera and ballet productions with international and regional stars.
Music Director of the Oak Ridge Symphony , the Tennessee Philharmonic, and the Bryan Symphony orchestras in Tennessee, he regularly conducts Tennessee's finest musicians in concerts lauded by critics and enthusiastically enjoyed by audiences. He has conducted the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Danish Radio Orchestra, and as a frequent guest conductor with Asheville Lyric Opera, leading performances of Tosca , Marriage of Figaro, and Barber of Seville. From 2013-18, Allcott was Artistic Advisor and Summer conductor with Eastport Strings in Maine.
In 2012-13 he helped celebrate the Bryan Symphony Orchestra's 50th anniversary in a season bookended by performances of Beethoven's 9th symphony and Puccini's Tosca. He has led world premieres by Tennessee composers Stefan Freund, Rachel DeVore Fogarty, and Greg Danner, and was a commissioner of the League of American Orchestra's initial "Made in America" project, giving the Tennessee premier of a work by Joan Tower. His programming regularly spans a 400 year period from Monteverdi to Elena Ruehr, and he is an engaging public speaker. In 2019 he conducted John Adams "Doctor Atomic Symphony" to open the 75th anniversary season of the Oak Ridge Symphony .
For 12 years, Mr. Allcott was featured guest on WCTE's "BSO Backstage: A Concert Preview" and he is a frequent guest on network and public media in East Tennessee.
"My training in cello performance and chamber music with a generation of the world's great performers has informed my deep-seated commitment to helping musicians make great music. I am humbled and proud to have had the opportunity to work with Imre Pallo and Thomas Baldner (conductors) and Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Menahem Pressler, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli. (Chamber music and cello)"
Allcott served as Music Director and Principal Conductor for Atlanta Ballet from 2000-2010 during which time he led over 250 performances with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. In addition to traditional ballet scores, he led musical collaborations with the Indigo Girls, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Choir, the Red Clay Ramblers, the Michael O'Neal Singers, Atlanta Boy Choir, and the Atlanta Youth Choirs. Atlanta Ballet has performed Mr. Allcott’s own arrangements of Carmen and Shed Your Skin.
In the fall 1996, Mr. Allcott was appointed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's Conducting Fellow, a position he held for three years. In 1998, Mr. Allcott was named the first conducting fellow of the American Austrian Foundation at the Salzburg Festival (now the Faber Young Conductors fellowship) and was accepted to participate in the Nicolai Malko and Grzegorz Fitelberg competitions in Europe. He received further training in master classes with Michael Tilson Thomas and Gunther Schuller.
Allcott holds a masters degree in cello performance from Indiana University where he completed his coursework towards the Doctor of Music in both conducting and cello performance before leaving to accept the position as Music Director of Atlanta Ballet. At Indiana he served as Associate Instructor of Conducting and conductor of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble.
The Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus