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University of Alberta Music Instructor Dr. Allison Balcetis gives the low-down on saxophones in less than two minutes

More about Allison Balcetis

Allison Balcetis. Photo by Chelsea Ross

Allison Balcetis. Photo by Chelsea Ross

Internationally recognized as an ambitious new-generation saxophonist, Allison Balcetis has studied and collaborated with artists from around the world.  While earning her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Alberta under the direction of Dr. William Street, Allison produced her first solo recording, Zeniths and Nadirs. She also holds degrees from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Dr. John Sampen and is the first – and only – saxophonist to earn a joint degree from the Université de Bordeaux and the Conservatoire National de Région de Bordeaux where she studied with Marie-Bernadette Charrier.

Since 2003 Allison has maintained an international performance career with concerts in Italy, France, Thailand, Slovenia, Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  Since 2007 she has performed as a founding member of Anubis Quartet, a Chicago-based ensemble with more than 30 commissions and premieres of provocative new music.  During her undergraduate degree, Allison won first place in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2005 and also won the University of Alberta Concerto Competition and the Edmonton Composers’ Concert Society Concerto Competition, both in 2008.

Amongst notable collaborations are composers Georges Aperghis, Marcos Balter, André Mestre, Colin Labadie, Thierry Alla, and Henri Pousseur.

In Edmonton, Allison helps develop the new music community as past Executive Member and current Production Manager of New Music Edmonton, and board member of the Borealis Electro Acoustic Music Society.  As a faculty member of the University of Alberta since 2009, Allison trains the next generation of thoughtful, artistic musicians.

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