Anderson, Allen (Allen L.) | Special Collections of the ODU Libraries
Allen Anderson (Professor) received a Bachelor of Music (1973) from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters of Arts (1977) and Doctor of Philosophy (1984) in Theory and Composition from Brandeis University. A composer and Head of the Composition Area, he teaches composition, counterpoint and 20th Century music to undergraduates, along with theory and analysis courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Current composition projects include a work for mixed ensemble and three singers on the subject of the Cherokee Removal and a piece for the UNC Wind Ensemble. Mr. Anderson joined the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1996.
Before that he taught at Columbia University, Wellesley College and Brandeis University. He received the Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty at UNC in 1999 and is a Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities. Mr. Anderson has composed works for Speculum Musicae, the Empyrean Ensemble, the UNC Chamber Singers, Aleck Karis, Thomas Warburton and Daniel Stepner among others. His work has been acknowledged with awards or commissions from the Guggenheim, Fromm and Koussevitsky foundations, Chamber Music America, BMI, League of Composers/ISCM (both the National and Boston chapters), the Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC and the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild. In 2005 he received the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
His music is published by C. F. Peters and APNM, and is available on recordings from the CRI label. In 2005, he completed Arnold Schoenberg's choral setting of the Appalachian folksong "My Horses Ain't Hungry." In 2008, he wrote the music for Iceblink, a multi-media meditation on the Antarctic in collaboration with photographer and UNC flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith.