Guitarist Colin McAllister is widely recognized for his innovative concert programming, versatility, and dedication to adventurous contemporary repertoire. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe and Mexico. Recent highlights include the XIII Festival Hispanoamericano de Guitarra (Tijuana, Mexico), Pacific Rim Music Festival in Santa Cruz, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, San Francisco sfSoundSeries, Unruly Music (Milwaukee), Breda Jazz Festival (NL), Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival (HU), Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Colorado College New Music Symposium. In addition, he has presented performances and seminars at major universities including CIEM in Mexico City, Depaul University, Stanford University, California Institute of the Arts, University of Maryland, Arizona State University, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin, and the Oberlin Conservatory, where he was a visiting artist-in-residence. He is a founding member of the new music ensemble NOISE and the Executive Director of the SoundON Festival of Modern Music in La Jolla, California. With xylophonist Morris Palter, he performs in the SpeakEasy jazz and ragtime duo.
His two books, The Vanguard Guitar: Etudes and Exercises for the Study of Contemporary Music and Fourteenth Century Counterpoint: Music of the Chantilly Codex are published by Les Productions d’Oz (Saint-Romuald, Québec). He has recorded for the Old King Cole, Tzadik, and Innova record labels. Colin earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where he is a Lecturer in Music and director of the guitar program. McAllister earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado Denver in Music Performance emphasis, in May 1994.