Allen Shearer


Allen Shearer composes in all media, with recent emphasis on opera. A singer himself, he earned degrees in opera and concert singing at the Akademie Mozarteum in Austria as well as a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2009 his opera The Dawn Makers was produced at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco by Composers, Inc. More recently (March 2015) his full-length opera Middlemarch in Spring was presented by Composers, Inc. at Z Space, San Francisco. Created in collaboration with librettist Claudia Stevens, both of these works were highly praised by prominent critics. Yet another Shearer and Stevens opera Howards End is in preparation. Allen Shearer has received many awards in music, including the Rome Prize, the Aaron Copland Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship, four residencies at the MacDowell Colony, and grants and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2008 he was given the Sylvia Goldstein Award, which funded performances in Davis and Sacramento of his Three Lyrics, a vocal chamber work written at the Copland House. His choral works have been broadcast on NPR and performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and South Africa. He is founding co-director of the Berkeley new music festival Sonic Harvest, and teaches voice at the University of California. Please visit