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Utah State Alum Alan Allred Takes Top Utah Music Educators Award

Thursday, Mar. 07, 2013

USU Alum Alan Allred

USU alum Alan Allred was named the 2013 Outstanding Music Educator of the Year by the Utah Music Educators Association.

Alan S. Allred, a 1979 graduate of Utah State University, was recently honored by the Utah Music Educators Association at its 41st annual awards recognition. In a ceremony Feb. 1, Allred received the Outstanding Music Educator Award. His professional career includes work as an educator, conductor and violinist.

As a students at USU, Allred studied violin and conducting in the Department of Music with professor Ralph Matesky. His first teaching assignment was in Snowflake, Ariz., where he taught orchestra, choir and guitar. The next year he began graduate work in the music performance program at Brigham Young University where he studied with Percy Kalt and Ralph Laycock. Although he performed a master’s recital, he ultimately decided to complete his master’s program in music education rather than performance.

After a year at BYU, Allred returned to Cache Valley to take a job with the Cache County School District where taught at North Cache Jr. High School and surrounding elementary schools. His expanding teaching assignment eventually included Cedar Ridge Middle School and Sky View High School, where one of his early teachers, Robert Frost, had taught for many years. Allred’s community involvement as a musician included acting as concertmaster for the Cache Chamber Orchestra and the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra.

His educational goals continued with additional schooling at Arizona State University that led to a one-year assignment at California State University Humboldt and the College of the Redwoods. When he returned from California he continued to teach in Cache County until moving to the Provo School District in 1994 where assumed leadership of the string program at Timpview High School as well as supervision of the elementary string program. The Timpview program continued to grow and in the past three years, Allred has taken the Provo High School orchestra program “under his wing.” This, in addition to his full-time assignment at Timpview and with the elementary orchestra programs.

Allred has been active in the Utah Music Educators Association, serving twice as the vice president for orchestra. In addition to his recent honor, Allred has been recognized by the American String Teachers Association and the National School Orchestra Association as the secondary Teacher of the Year for 1999 and 2003.

In the UMEA award program, Allred summarized his approach to teaching and learning.

“As a music educator I have always tried to provide the music making experience to any who desired to learn. Aptitude is not a determining factor in allowing students into my orchestras. Helping each student have a musical experience is at the core of my values as a teacher. I try to exemplify the adage of high expectations and high care. I am so grateful to have been blessed to work at something that I love and to have wonderful students to create music with.”

Utah State University was well represented at the UMEA event. Faculty members Greg Wheeler and Leslie Timmons were elected to leadership positions (Utah State Today, Feb. 21, 2013) and two emeriti professors were inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame. The inductees included Glen Fifield who joined the music faculty at USU in 1968 and Alvin Wardle, a USU graduate, who joined the department in 1959.

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