music

Stephen Arthur Allen

Euphonium

Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen {DPhil (Oxon) [PhD Oxford University]; GBSM (First Class, Honors); LTCL (performance); ABSM (performance); ABSM (teaching); ALCM (performance); music professor, Rider University} came to prominence in the UK as one of the finest euphonium players of his generation.

He was awarded the ALCM (Associate of the London College of Music) at age 16 and achieved national distinction in competition, winning the Open section of the British National Solo Championships. He was awarded a Royal Academy Scholarship by legendary brass band composer Eric Ball, OBE and Geoffrey Brand, conductor of Black Dyke Band.

He played principal euphonium with many of the leading championship section British brass bands. In 2010 Allen gave the world premiere of the Gareth Wood 'Euphonium Concerto' and published an article on it in the ITEA Journal (Spring, 2011). He has also given the premiere of the Symphonic Rhapsody for Euphonium (Edward Gregson) in its piano accompaniment version.

Since 2008 Allen has maintained a euphonium and chamber music studio as visiting professor at Rutgers. In that time Allen’s students have worked professionally across the United States. His student David Demair was granted the second Fulbright Scholarship in the history of the Mason Gross School of the Arts to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, UK. 

In 2012 Allen recruited the first-ever Mason Gross Doctoral (DMA) Euphonium student (Amy Bliss, professor of euphonium, Rowan University). In 2013 his graduating student Ray Henricksen received the Mason Gross Excellence in Brass award.

In 2004 Allen founded the Princeton Brass Band, ensemble-in-residence at Rider University since 2010. The band, for which he serves as musical director, has played across the United States and in 2013 became National Champions at the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) Championship XXXI in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Allen is currently second-term president of NABBA. In 2012 he became professional music director of the Lancaster British Brass Band in Pennsylvania.

In 2011 he founded the Rutgers University Brass Band (RUBB), which has since become a credit-bearing course at Mason Gross. In spring 2014 Allen will begin a new brass band course through the Mason Gross Extension Division that will reach out into the pre- and post-university community.

Allen is an authority on the operas and music of Benjamin Britten.

  • Expertise

     Euphonium