Dr Christopher Allan

Senior Lecturer

School of Creative Arts (Music)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
Much of my research has been performance based. I specialize in Baroque and Classical period performance and have been involved in many performances using period instruments at various baroque pitches and using a number of differing temperaments. As well as early music I have been involved in the presentation of new music including works by Australian composers. Some of the performances have been with The Song Company, some with Cantillation and also at the UoN. My recently submitted PhD Thesis was an investigation of some aspects of vocal pedagogy centered around the developing singer (aged between 18 -21) and based on the work of voice scientists over the last 30 years. I have presented two papers on aspects of such pedagogy in the UK at the National Early Music Conference (July 2009) and at the Arts Health Symposium at the University of Newcastle in October, 2010. My further interests are in the symmetrical nature of the body as applied to singing technique and the effect that asymmetry can have on the vocal apparatus and the resultant sound that the singer is able to produce.

Teaching Expertise
My area of expertise is in the teaching of the classical singing voice. The core business of the University of Newcastle Bachelor of Music course means that the majority of students are between the ages of 18 and 21. At this age the voice is under development and students are required to both develop their musical instrument and their musicality at the same time. I have developed a teaching philosophy which promotes a holistic approach to vocal technique that incorporates a number of technical pedagogies based on the need to offer students a variety of approaches due to the individual nature of the voice and the personality and physicality of each singer. A further area of expertise is in the delivery of lectures on music history of the Western classical tradition.

Administrative Expertise
Since 2001 I have been course coordinator for MUSI subjects. From 2005 - 2008 I was Deputy Head of School for the School of Drama, Fine Art and Music (incorporating the Conservatorium). From 2004 - 2008 I served as the School Academic Conduct Officer (SACO) and from 2006 - 2008 as the School Complaints Officer. I have had experience in the development of new courses for the School of Music and have served on the Faculty Board from 2005 - 2009.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Associate in Music Australia, Australian Music Examinations Board
  • Bachelor of Education (Music), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Music, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Breath management of classical voice
  • Considerations of postural alignment for optimal vocal production
  • Developmental strategies for young singers
  • Holistic teaching methods
  • Musicology
  • Tuition in classical voice
  • Vocal pedagogies and breathing techniques

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190407 Music Performance 60
190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified 20
199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Matthias (Nee Lannen) B, Worrall L, Alston M, Sweetapple A, Marley J, Allan C, 'From soundwaves to brainwaves: investigating the effects of choral singing on recovery from stroke and aphasia', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE, 8 49-49 (2013) [E3]

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Matthias B, Worrall L, Alston M, Marley J, Allan C, 'From Soundwaves to BrainWaves: Investigating the effects of choral singing on recovery from stroke and aphasia', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2013) [E3]
2012 Allan C, Carson SL, 'Finding the synergies: Adapting a curriculum to encompass classical and contemporary singing in a university vocal techniques class', Performer's Voice 2nd Symposium "Horizons Crossing Boundaries", Singapore (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Susan Carson
2012 White C, Cook IR, Allan C, 'My self, then my self: The ephemeral performer in 'the breathing space projects'', Performer's Voice' 2nd Symposium, Singapore (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Ian Cook
2012 Allan C, 'Helping the young soprano bring emotional truth to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century recitative through the use of speech mode', Singing music from 1500 to 1900: Style, technique, knowledge, assertion, experiment. Proceedings of the National Early Music Association International Conference, in association with the University of, York, North Yorkshire (2012) [E1]
2012 Lannen B, Worrall L, Alston M, Marley JE, Allan C, 'From Soundwaves to Brainwaves: Investigating the effects of choral singing on stroke and aphasia rehabilitation', International Journal of Stroke, Darling Harbour, Sydney (2012) [E3]
2010 Allan C, 'The Singer's Dilemma: Perceptual problems facing the developing classical singer', ArtsHealth Symposium - Space and Wellbeing, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
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Creative Work (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Allan C, Walker S, Modern Masterpieces, University of Newcastle Great Hall (2015)
2015 Walker SKA, Allan C, Performance of Sally Walker's amalgamation of the orchestral flute and violin/piano version violin part of Bartok's "Rumanian Dances" for flute/piccolo (Sally Walker) and piano (Christopher Allan)., Great Hall, University of Newcastle, Newcastle (2015)
2013 Halton R, Allan C, Hoadley B, Walker S, Concert for a New Era: Monody by Claudio Saracini (1624); Vivaldi, Sonata for flute, bassoon, and basso continuo Christopher Allan (baritone); Sally Walker (flute); Ben Hoadley (bassoon); Rosalind Halton (harpsichord, editor of Saracini pieces), Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle, Newcastle (2013) [J2]
Co-authors R Halton
2013 Walker SKA, Allan C, Coco Nelgatti "El Cronopio" performed by Sally Walker, flute and Christopher Allan, piano, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
2013 Allan C, Encore: Selected works for mixed voice choir, ChristChurch Cathedral, Newcastle, Sydney (2013) [J1]
2013 Allan C, XII Festival Internationale Di Music E Arte Sacra, Basilica of St Ignatious Loyola, Rome, Italy, Rome, Italy (2013) [J2]
2012 Walker S, Allan C, Matthias P, At lunch Soul Food. Sally Walker - flute, Christopher Allan - baritone, Philip Matthias - organ. Works by J.S. Bach, Gluck, Mozart., Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2012)
Co-authors Philip Matthias
2012 Allan C, Serenade for Strings. Includes 'Let Us Garlands Bring' a cycle of songs for Baritone and String Orchestra., ChristChurch Cathedral, Newcastle (2012)
2012 Allan C, Rhythms of One World - Festival of Voice, United Nations Friendship Ambassadors, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufmann Centre, New York. USA (2012)
2011 Walker SKA, Scott-Mitchell, Cook I, Ricci G, Allan C, A recital of the music and reading of letters of Ludwig van Beethoven, celebrating the installation of Beethoven¿s Death Mask, generously donated to the Conservatorium by Sir William Bowmore MBE AO, Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Newcastle, NSW (2011)
Co-authors Anthea Scott-Mitchell, Gianfranco Ricci, Ian Cook
2011 Allan C, Dicolesian Opera/Stage work by Henry Purcell, Verbruggen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2011)
2011 Allan C, L'Anima Del Filosofo, Angel Place Recital Centre, Sydney (2011)
2002 Spiers CJ, Smith GM, Allan C, Concert September 16th Colin Spiers (Piano) Greg Smith (Piano) Christopher Allan (Baritone), Ellicott - Variations on a Bach Chorale (Spiers/Smith), Woods - Satin Sounds (Spiers/Allan), Newcastle Conservatorium, Newcastle Conservatorium (2002) [J2]
Co-authors Colin Spiers
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $12,551

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20131 grants / $12,551

Brainwaves: The impact of choral singing on community dwelling stroke survivors$12,551

Funding body: National Stroke Foundation

Funding body National Stroke Foundation
Project Team Conjoint Professor John Marley, Mrs Bernadette Matthias, Doctor Christopher Allan, Professor Linda Worrall
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201078
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current7

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters1.85
PhD1.3

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Masters What Sweeter Music Can We Bring? The Formation, Importance and Preservation of Community Choral Groups and the Strive for Musical Excellence.
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters Sing You Up My Country: Developing and Defining Synergies Between Australian Compositions and the Voices and Skills of High School Choirs
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2015 Masters Extreme Vocal Techniques in Contemporary Heavy Music
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2014 Masters Teaching Multiple Genres of Voice: An Investigation of Current Practice in Australian Tertiary Music Education
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Classical Voice and the Microphone
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Classical Voice and the Microphone
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2010 PhD The effect of choral singing on the health and quality of life of community-dwelling stroke survivors and their carers
General Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 Masters Performance Fitness: Physiological Benefits of Aerobic Exercise for Performing Singers
Music, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Christopher Allan

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Music

Contact Details

Email christopher.allan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8920
Fax (02) 4921 8958

Office

Room CON311
Building The Conservatorium of Music
Location The Conservatorium
Cnr Laman and Auckland Street
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Australia
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