Timothy McAllister, D.M.A.

 Timothy McAllister
Professor of Saxophone
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan
Bachelor of Music, Wind Instruments
The University of Michigan
Master of Music, Saxophone PerformanceMaster of Music, Wind Conducting
The University of Michigan
Doctor of Musical Arts

About Timothy

Saxophonist Timothy McAllister has been hailed as an “exemplary soloist” (Gramophone Magazine), “a virtuoso, one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation” (The New York Times) and “a titan of contemporary music and the instrument, in general” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer). He is one of today’s premier wind soloists, a member of the 2018 GRAMMY® Award-winning PRISM Quartet, and a champion of contemporary music credited with over 40 recordings and 200 premieres of new compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide.

His rise to international fame came in 2009 with his celebrated work in John Adams’s City Noir, filmed as part of Gustavo Dudamel’s inaugural concert as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the World Premiere of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto in August 2013 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer in the Sydney Opera House. Subsequent performances included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the New World Symphony, among others.

As part of the 70th Birthday celebrations worldwide honoring Adams in 2017, he performed the Saxophone Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Orchestre National de Lyon, Indianapolis Symphony, along with other performances and recordings of Adams’s music, including City Noir, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

To date he has appeared with over forty of the world's top orchestras and ensembles in twenty countries, and he has the distinction of being only the second saxophonist to appear as soloist in the 120-year history of the BBC Proms concerts. He has recorded for the Nonesuch, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, Stradivarius, Soundset, Berlin Philharmonic Recordings, Centaur, Albany, Naxos, Equilibrium, New Focus, AUR, Summit, New Dynamic, Parma, XAS/Naxos, and Innova labels. McAllister won a 2015 GRAMMY® Award with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson as soloist on the album "John Adams: City Noir" featuring the Saxophone Concerto. His recording of Kenneth Fuchs’s Saxophone Concerto, RUSH, with JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra was released on NAXOS in August 2018.

A revered teacher of his instrument, he is regularly invited to appear at the world's leading conservatories, music festivals, and summer academies. Previously on the faculty of Northwestern University, he was appointed Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in September 2014, succeeding his legendary mentor, the American classical saxophonist Donald Sinta.

In my teaching, I champion the uniqueness of individual students by recognizing that each student demands his or her own musical and pedagogical “blueprint.” My responsibility as a teacher is to embrace all possible strategies and pathways for success. My diverse background, which includes professional training in music education, performance, and conducting, is a source of strength in my teaching which I regularly draw upon to demonstrate multiple perspectives on a given topic or concept.

University Honors/Recognition/Grants

  • 2018: Henry Russel Award, The University of Michigan (One of the university’s highest honors for junior faculty members.)
  • 2016: Christopher Kendall Award, The University of Michigan SMTD Alumni Society.
  • 2013: Faculty Recognition Award, Northwestern University.
  • 2002: Paul C. Boylan Alumni Award, The University of Michigan School of Music Alumni Association (Awarded to outstanding alumnus for significant contributions to the field of music.)

Performance/Recording Awards & Recognition

  • 2019: Soloist Recognition on GRAMMY Award-winning album “Kenneth Fuchs: Spiritualist” from The Recording Academy (formerly NARAS); Best Classical Compendium.
  • 2018: Ensemble Recognition (PRISM Quartet) on GRAMMY Award-winning album “Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century” from The Recording Academy (formerly NARAS); Best Choral Performance.
  • 2015: Soloist Recognition on GRAMMY Award-wining album “John Adams: City Noir” from The Recording Academy (formerly NARAS); Best Orchestral Performance.
  • 2001: Grand Prize Winner*/Gold Medalists, Ninth Circle Saxophone Quartet, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. * first-time honor bestowed upon saxophone quartet
  • 1996
    • Semi-finalist, GAUDEAMUS International Interpreter's Competition, The Netherlands. Citation for Outstanding Ensemble (Duo Nuova).
    • 2nd Prize, Lima (OH) Symphony National Young Musicians Competition.
  • 1994: Winner, The University of Michigan School of Music Concerto Competition.
  • 1993: 1st Prize, North American Saxophone Alliance Young Artist Competition.

B.M., Music Education - University of Michigan

M.M., Wind Conducting - University of Michigan

M.M., Saxophone Performance - University of Michigan

D.M.A., Saxophone Performance - University of Michigan