Allen Schulz (b. 1964) is the great grandson of the famous vaudevillian and Chicago jazzman, Ollie Powers. He studied music composition at Wabash College, Yale University, and The City University of New York. His primary composition instructors have been Eric Lund and Charles Dodge.
Allen’s musical interests are eclectic and varied. His compositional activities range from music theater to works for the concert hall; from small arrangements of sacred music for use in worship services to large-scale works for orchestra. He has been commissioned to compose music for groups as diverse as the award-winning Minimum Wage theater troupe, secondary school ensembles at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Queens, NY, The Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, North/South Consonance, the Ursula vocal ensemble, Ursula’s End, The Round Rock Symphony, and the Voces Novae et Antiquae Chorus.
Allen works as a consulting editor for the G. Schirmer Music Publisher new works and premieres department. He is proud to be an integral part of the musical scene in his own neighborhood: he has volunteered his time teaching music theory and performance at local public schools; he has served on the board of various cultural groups in Queens, including the Astoria Symphony; and he is the founder of Random Access Music, a consortium of New York City-based composers who manage and present performances of their own music in collaboration with new music performance ensembles.
Allen lives in Astoria, Queens, with his daughter, Naomi; and his partner, Rebecca. He enjoys traveling with Rebecca and Naomi as often as they can–particularly to places that have ecological or natural treasures. Allen is an avid scuba diver–holding a certification as a rescue diver–and he has a knack for turning almost any kind of interesting conversation into a less interesting one scuba diving in just a few sentences. To learn more about Allen and his music, please visit www.allenschulz.net. Allen’s music is published by BRS Music.