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Allan Bevan: Biography

Allan Bevan
1951 -
Region: Ontario

Allan Bevan

Allan Bevan was born in Toronto, and did his undergraduate studies in music at the University of Windsor, and at Queen’s University in Kingston. His composition teachers and mentors include Istvan Anhalt, Howard Bashaw, Allan Bell, Clifford Crawley, David Eagle, Malcolm Forsyth, Paul McIntyre, and William Jordan. Mr. Bevan holds the M. Mus. degree from the University of Alberta and a Ph. D. in Composition from the University of Calgary.

His choral compositions have been awarded significant prizes in Canadian, American, and European composition competitions. He is the winner of the 2002 Ruth Watson Henderson Award for his motet Peace, and he is a three-time recipient of first prize awards in the Association of Canadian Choral Conductor’s Composition Competitions for his music for treble voices and piano (2000, 2002, 2004.) His To Morning, a recent composition for string orchestra was awarded the Member’s Prize in the 2006 Mozart-250 competition sponsored by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin of Moscow. Dr. Bevan’s Passion Oratorio Nou Goth Sonne Under Wode was selected as the Outstanding Choral Work by The Association of Canadian Choral Conductors at their 2008 convention.

He has been commissioned and performed by many of Canada’s finest choirs and by the CBC. His works have been performed, recorded, and broadcast across North America and in Europe, and he has over forty published compositions and arrangements to his credit.

Allan Bevan has been described as “an extremely talented composer of ravishing sacred choral music” by The American Organist and as a “composer (who) obviously understands and is able to write for the voice in an uncanny fashion” by The Choral Room.

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