Program Notes by Michael Allsen
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Dr. J. Michael Allsen has been writing program notes for orchestral, choral, chamber and festival programs for over 30 years.  Allsen is Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, where he teaches courses in Music History, World Music, and Interdisciplinary Arts. He holds a Ph.D in Musicology (1992) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Allsen’s scholarly writing has been published in Plainsong and Medieval Music, the Journal of the American Musicological Society, the Journal of Musicology, and elsewhere, and he has contributed to reference works that include The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, and others.  A professional trombonist, Allsen has been associated with the Madison Symphony Orchestra—one of America's leading regional orchestras—since 1983, and he has been the orchestra's bass trombonist since 1990.  He has been the Madison Symphony’s program annotator since 1984, over the last 25 years he has been commissioned to write concert program notes and liner notes notes for several other orchestras, festivals, ensembles and artists around the United States.  References are available on request. You can view samples of his program notes here.

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I look forward to hearing from you, and, I hope, working with your group.


Michael Allsen

4209 Hegg Avenue

Madison, WI  53716

(608) 221-8827


last update: 10/3/15