Timothy McAllister


Interview with Timothy McAllister, Part 2 — “The Spirit of Collaboration”

This is the second part of Tim’s interview where he discusses his approach to collaboration in classical music and stresses the importance of adaptability. He shares his thoughts on integrating different music styles and the role of the tenor saxophone in contemporary classical music. Additionally, Tim talks about his work with the PRISM Quartet, including how the group plans projects up to three years in advance and maintains productivity through individual preparation and efficient communication. He also discusses the group’s shift to online offerings during the pandemic, such as the “PRISM Quartet Institute.”

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Interview with Timothy McAllister, Part 1 — “Empowering Students for ‘Their’ Path”

Timothy McAllister, a globally recognized saxophonist and professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan, discusses his perspective on natural talent in music in this interview. According to McAllister, although some individuals possess an innate ability for music, the greatest success stories arise from those who comprehend the importance of a strong work ethic. He debunks the notion of natural talent by highlighting the extensive practice and hard work that even the most gifted musicians put in to achieve success. McAllister also shares his own early accomplishments, which he attributes to a system of stringent competitions and contests in Texas. He encourages his students to listen to diverse music genres, including jazz, popular, and classical music, to develop a comprehensive outlook and integrate novel concepts into their playing. He further emphasizes the significance of producing organic and completely integrated music instead of a mechanical one. McAllister cites John Coltrane as an inspiration, despite his own music being predominantly classical. He criticizes the teaching approach of some classical saxophonists like Marcel Mule, who taught students to emulate him, thus limiting their exploration of the saxophone’s possibilities. Instead, McAllister urges saxophonists to be pioneers and consider the broader influence of their work. This is the first part of Tim’s interview.

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