Maestro Dan Allcott
For over 20 years, Dan Allcott has been conducting daring collaborations, outstanding symphonic concerts, and leading opera and ballet productions with international stars.
Music Director of both the Oak Ridge Symphony and the Bryan Symphony orchestras in Tennessee, Allcott regularly conducts Tennessee’s finest musicians (members of the Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga Symphonies) in concerts lauded by critics and enthusiastically enjoyed by audiences. He has conducted the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Danish Radio Orchestra, and has a continuing relationship as a guest conductor with Asheville Lyric Opera, where he most recently led performances of Tosca and Marriage of Figaro. 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. Through his research and performance he has revived the works of the early 20th century Tennessee composer, Charles Bryan.
Mr. Allcott enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for live classical music. He is a frequent guest speak to several Rotary groups throughout Tennessee, and has frequently been an on air guest on WUOT, WBIR’s “Live at 5 at 4”, and Clear Channel’s “Cumberland Viewpoint.” He will conduct the Knox County High School Festival Orchestra this year, and is Summer Director of Eastport Strings in Eastport, Maine.
Allcott served as Music Director and Principal Conductor for Atlanta Ballet from 2000-2010. He 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 he left graduate school to become Music Director of Atlanta Ballet. At Indiana he served as Associate Instructor of Conducting and conductor of the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. He is currently Professor of Music at Tennessee Tech University.