Allen LeVines

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  • Career Highlights
    • B.M., Stetson University
    • M.A., University of Pennsylvania
    • Compositions performed by numerous ensembles including ALEA III, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Portland, Maine, String Quartet
    • Recordings on Arabesque Records
    • Recipient of numerous awards, including Charles Ives Scholarship, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and Leonard Bernstein Fellowship

In Their Own Words

"I try to help students become aware of how much there is out there in any given field. In the orchestration courses I teach, I have a listening list, and students take an exam based on that listening list at some point during the semester. The list is long; it might be a hundred pieces or more. I don't really expect them to know all hundred pieces in one semester, but nonetheless, any one of those pieces can end up on the test. There is a sense in which it is asking too much—to be able to identify any of the pieces from 30-second excerpts."

"On the other hand, if students take the assignment seriously and listen to half a dozen to a dozen pieces a day—just getting to know some of the themes in the piece—perhaps they will realize what they may have thought was a lake of music is really an ocean, or several oceans. Music is a vast universe. This realization can be overwhelming, but it can also be completely exhilarating."

"If students come into my courses without an insatiable curiosity for music, I hope that they leave with it. I had a teacher instill that in me when I was a student, and it's made all the difference. It's the way I live my life. I have an intense desire to find out about music I do not know, to read books I have not read, to discover places I have not been."