Maestro Dan Allcott
Maestro Dan Allcott celebrated his 10th season as Music Director of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra during the 2019–2020 season, and he continues to lead Oak Ridgers on a journey of musical discovery — honoring traditions while bringing new works and performers to our audience. In Oak Ridge he has led world premieres by Lucas Richman and Mark Harrell, revived early 20th century works by Tennessee composer Charles Faulkner Bryan, and introduced our audience to off-the-beaten-path classical works. A highlight of the 75th anniversary season was a performance of John Adams’ “Dr. Atomic” Symphony. Committed to inclusive programming, Allcott is engaged with the ORCMA Board of Directors to bring diverse voices to the concert stage. His Oak Ridge concerts have featured music by Ignacio Brown, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Rachel DeVore Fogarty, Johnathan Bailey Holland, Missy Mazzoli, Jessie Montgomery, Daniel Bernard Roumain, William Grant Still and more. Beginning in the 2020–2021 season, all concerts feature music by composers from underrepresented groups in our industry — specifically women and composers of color.
Dan has been Music Director for the Bryan Symphony in Cookeville since 2003 where he is Professor of Music at Tennessee Tech University. He is also Music Director of the Tennessee Philharmonic (formerly Murfreesboro Symphony). Prior to joining the Oak Ridge Symphony in 2010, Maestro Allcott concluded a 10-year association with the Atlanta Ballet, where he conducted more than 300 performances as Music Director and Principal Conductor, and led daring collaborations with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Choir, Indigo Girls, Michael O'Neal Singers, and many other non-traditional ballet partners. Susan Elliott, writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, remarked, "Dan Allcott deserves major credit for metamorphosing the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra."
Allcott has conducted Indianapolis and Dallas Symphonies, the Danish Radio Orchestra, Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, Asheville Lyric Opera, and many others. An accomplished cellist, he continues to perform regionally, concertizing with the Cumberland Piano Trio, and teaches cello at Tennessee Tech.