Maestro Dan Allcott
This year Dan Allcott begins his 10th season as Music Director of the Oak Ridge Symphony. He continues to lead Oak Ridgerson a journey of musical discovery - honoring our traditions while bringing new works and performers to our audience. In Oak Ridge he has led world premieres by Lucas Richman and Mark Harrell, revived early 20th century works by Tennessee composer Charles Faulkner Bryan, and introduced our audience to off-the-beaten-path classical works. This season will continue in that vein as we celebrate our 75th anniversary with a performance of John Adams’ “Dr. Atomic” symphony and cap our season with a mandolin concerto by Jeff Midkiff.
Dan has been Music Director for the Bryan Symphony in Cookeville since 2003 where he is Professor of Music at Tennessee Tech University. This season he takes on an additional position as Music Director of the Tennessee Philharmonic (formerly Murfreesboro Symphony). Prior to joining the Oak Ridge Symphony in 2010, Maestro Allcott concluded a 10-year association with the Atlanta Ballet, where he conducted more than 300 performances as Music Director and Principal Conductor, and led daring collaborations with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Choir, Indigo Girls, Michael O'Neal Singers, and many other non-traditional ballet partners. Susan Elliott, writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, remarked, "Dan Allcott deserves major credit for metamorphosing the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra."
He has conducted Indianapolis and Dallas Symphonies, the Danish Radio Orchestra, Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, Asheville Lyric Opera, and many others. An accomplished cellist, he continues to perform regionally, concertizing with the Cumberland Piano Trio, and teaches cello at Tennessee Tech.