John Allemeier

Professor of Composition
Robinson 358

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John Allemeier’s music has been described as having a “sweet sense of mystery” by Fanfare and as “rapturous” by the American Record Guide.  His music has been programmed on international venues such as the Frankfurter Kunstlerclub (Germany), Curmbox Projektraum fur Electronische und Neue Musik (Germany), 3rd Rencontres Musiques Nouvelles (France), Festival Internacional de Percusiones (Mexico), Russia-America: Music of the XXI Century at the Moscow Conservatory, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival (South Korea), and the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music; on national festivals such as Piccolo Spoleto, the 5th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, Spark Festival in Minneapolis, UNC CHAT Digital Arts Festival, the UNC Greensboro New Music Festival, the International Double-Reed Society National Conference, and the Denison University New Music Festival; on national conferences of the Society of Composers, the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States, National Association of Composers in the United States, and the College Music Society; and at regional conferences of the College Music Society and the Society of Composers.  His music has been presented with choreography on the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour and the Dance Charlotte! Festival.

John Allemeier’s music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe by professional and collegiate ensembles such as the Duo XXI, Due East, the Petrella Ensemble, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, the University of Iowa Graduate Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Percussion Group, the Texas Christian University Percussion Ensemble, the University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Singers, the UNC Charlotte Percussion Ensemble, and the UNC Charlotte University Chorale.  He has composed pieces for professional performers such as Wolfgang David, David Gompper, Jeffery Lyman, Nick Petrella, Erin Lesser, Greg Beyer, Mira Frisch, and Paul Sharpe.  Most recently, John Allemeier has collaborated with choreographer E.E. Balcos to compose music for dance performances by the dance company EE Motion.

Recordings of John Allemeier’s music are available on the Albany (Troy 937, Troy 1069, Troy 1215, and Troy 1233), Capstone (CPS 8812, CPS 8744, and CPS 8701) and Vox Novus (VN 001 and VN 002) labels.  His music is published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, C. Alan Publications, M. Baker Publications, and European American Music.   He received his Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Iowa, his Master of Music in Composition from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Music in Performance from Augustana College.  He has studied in Europe at the 41st and 42nd Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, and the 6th International Composition Course in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.  He currently teaches composition and music theory at UNC Charlotte.  More information is available at