Jamie has over 25 years of experience as a composer, conductor, performer, and music educator. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Chicago and his master’s degree in composition from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1992, he was named “Composer of the Year” by the New Mexico Music Teachers Association and was hailed as “the most inventive young composer in the state” in 1997 by The Santa Fe Reporter. Allen has won awards from both ASCAP and the American Music Center for his work, as well as commissions from numerous ensembles and arts organizations, including The Tree (a major work for multiple Youth Orchestras and professional musicians) from the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra, the premiere of which he conducted in 2007.
His articles about music and cultural issues have appeared in many national and regional magazines and newspapers, including THE, Hemispheres, SOMA, High Performance, and Playbill. He has served on the music faculty of both the College of Santa Fe and Collin College. A passionate teacher and artist, he has been a frequent presenter, educational consultant, and conductor for many arts organizations, including The Santa Fe Opera, The Desert Chorale, Santa Fe New Music, The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, The Dallas Opera, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the New Mexico Arts Commission, and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2006, Jamie has been the Education Director for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a position which allows him to reach over 70,000 children and adults each year with its many award winning educational programs, including Youth & Family Concerts, an innovative string instruction program for minority students in Dallas, in-school & community programs, pre-concert lectures, open rehearsals, web sites, master classes and more.