Sterling Allen, Class of 2004
Sterling Martin Allen is the Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas. There he conducts the Chancel Choir, University Choir, and oversees the multifaceted music and worship program. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Northgate Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Founder and Artistic Director of CAMERATA (a new all profession choral ensemble), and is also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas.
Dr. Allen has a driving passion for sacred choral masterworks and regularly conducts these works with the choirs of A&M United Methodist Church and the Northgate Philharmonic. Recent presentations include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Dubois’ Les Sept Paroles du Christ, Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Ray’s Gospel Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, Hayes’ Gloria, Chilcotte’s A Little Jazz Mass, and Rutter’s Gloria. The 2012-2013 season includes presentations of Faure’s Requiem, Hayes’ Gloria and Magnificat, Dubois’ Les Sept Paroles du Christ, and a concert of patriotic choral and wind symphony masterworks.
In addition to the conducting of major works in worship and concert, Dr. Allen regularly commissions new anthems and works by America’s leading choral composers. These new works include Dan Forrest’s Lord of the Small, In Your Footsteps, and O Come, All Ye Faithful (all available from Beckenhorst Publishing), Allen Pote’s I Will Sing and Not Be Silent (available from Hope Publishing Company), David Schwoebel’s Acclaim with Jubilation (available by request from the composer). As a champion of modern hymnody in worship, Dr. Allen commissioned Rev. Dr. Brian Wren to compose Glory to God – a hymn of praise celebrating the 2011 Ordination Service for the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
In demand as a conductor, Dr. Allen has conducted concerts throughout the United States as well as in England, Ireland, and in Paris, France. With an eagerness to work with young artists, students, and conductors, Dr. Allen regularly adjudicates singing and choral competitions, works with high school choirs in preparation for competition and with church choirs eager to expand their ministry, musicianship, and repertoire.
Dr. Allen performed as a choral singer and soloist with the world-famous Centenary College Choir under the direction of Dr. Will K. Andress, University of Texas Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. James Morrow, and the Centenary College Camerata and Chorale under the direction of Dr. Julia Thorn. As a baritone opera singer and concert artist, Dr. Allen has sung the roles of Figaro and the Count in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Thomas Bouche in Kurt Weil’s Down in the Valley, Sam in Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Geronimo in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, and the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. On the concert stage, Dr. Allen has sung the bass/baritone soloist roles in the Requiems of Brahms, Duruflé, and Fauré, Handel’s Messiah, and Masses/Missa Brevis by Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert. As a touring artist, Dr. Allen has sung in eight countries, in fourteen states, and at America’s great concert venues like the White House in Washington DC, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Georgia, the Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas, Texas, and Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California. Internationally, Dr. Allen has been a concert soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland, Gloucester Catherdral in Gloucester England, Durham Cathedral in Durham, England, St. Martin’s in the Fields in London, England, and has given a solo recital of sacred music at L'église de la Madeleine in Paris, France.
Dr. Allen holds degrees in music, sacred music, and theology from the Hurley School of Music at Centenary College of Louisiana, the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, and from the Webber Institute. He is a protégé of Dr. Will K. Andress (Professor Emeritus of Music at Centenary College of Louisiana where he was the Director of the Centenary College Choir) and the late Dr. Gerre Hancock (Professor of Sacred Music at The University of Texas at Austin and Choirmaster Emeritus at St. Thomas Church on 5th Avenue in New York City, New York). Dr. Allen has studied voice with Dr. Timothy Jones, Dr. Oral Moses, Dr. Horace English, and Prof. David Small. He has coached with Dr. Gay Grosz, Rick Rowley, Jeanine Sasaki, Joseph Evans, and Genaro Méndez. In 2010, Dr. Allen completed his dissertation entitled “Developing a Better Understanding of the Ordo Salutis Through the Lyrical-Theology of Charles Wesley” with Dr. Don E. Saliers (Professor Emeritus of Theology at the Chandler School of Theology at Emory University).