Mrs. Allen Announces Retirement

Mrs. Allen Announces Retirement

Mrs. Allen, the Founder and Artistic Director of Amherst Bel Canto Choir, has been the foundation of our nationally recognized youth choir.  She has been an inspiration, role model and steadfast patron of musical excellence to hundreds of children and their parents!  Although she is retiring, the foundation she has built for ABC Bel Canto will carry it on for many years to come by our very talented, dedicated and passionate conductors.  Mrs. Allen will remain as a member of the ABC Bel Canto Board.

I have finally retired – I know it’s been a long time coming – I’ve been threatening for the last ten years! A serious talk with the conductors convinced me they were ready to go it on their own. It should be a very exciting year.
~ Sue Fay Allen

Sue Fay Allen graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music, where she received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees. She continued studies at the University of Buffalo, SUNY Fredonia, and the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Allen is the Founder and Artistic Director of the ABC Bel Canto Choirs. Her choral groups have been chosen through taped audition to perform at conventions of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA), and the National Association of Music Educators.  She taught and served as Music Coordinator in the Amherst schools throughout her public school career. In recognition of her work, Ms. Allen has received awards from NYSSMA, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Erie County Music Educators’ Association and the Amherst Schools. Crane selected her as one of their Outstanding Alumni, and she was chosen to receive the “Outstanding Choral Conductor Award” from the New York Chapter of ACDA. Throughout her career, her articles on adolescent voice and repertoire have been published by state and national music journals.  She is listed in Who’s Who in American Teachers, Who’s Who in American Women, and Who’s Who in International Music and Musicians.  Ms. Allen is past President of the NY Chapter of ACDA, and has served on the editorial board for the nationally-published Music Educator’s Journal.  She presently serves on the Education Committee of the BPO, and was the originator of (and still facilitates) their Community Spotlight program.  Sue Fay is known for her sense of humor, her “tough love” of her choristers, and her high standards for performance and literature.  Her reputation is earned through her dynamic workshops on adolescent voice, and her varied guest conducting positions in over sixty district, county, area all-state and festival choruses!

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