Allen Shearer has received many awards in music, including the Rome Prize Fellowship, the Aaron Copland Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship, residencies at the MacDowell Colony, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer and other organizations, and the Sylvia Goldstein Award, which funded performances in Davis and Sacramento of his Three Lyrics, a chamber work written at the Copland House. His choral works have been performed in nearly every state of the U.S. as well as in Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and South Africa. With librettist Claudia Stevens he has created six chamber operas, of which the first, The Dawn Makers, was premiered in 2009 at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco by Composers, Inc. The Dawn Makers was selected as a finalist in the National Opera Association’s Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition 2014-2016. More recently the very successful premiere of his Middlemarch in Spring garnered praise and distinctions (see home page). At present Shearer and Stevens are creating a three-act opera Howards End, America.
Also a baritone, Allen Shearer performs vocal music old and new, including his own, and has made several commercial recordings. He is artistic codirector of Composers, Inc.. and founding codirector of the new music festival Sonic Harvest. He holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of California at Berkeley and diplomas in concert singing and opera from the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
Allen Shearer is a teacher in Special Programs (voice) at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of New Music USA and the American Composers Forum, an emeritus member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and an affiliate of Broadcast Music, Inc.