Although more frequently seen as the conductor of both the Bryan Symphony and University Orchestra in Cookeville, Allcott is an accomplished cellist and holds degrees in cello performance from Drake University and the world re-known Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. At IU, he was the first student to be accepted into the doctoral program in both cello and conducting studies. He counts among his cello and chamber music teachers many of the finest teachers of the late 20th century.
"One of the reasons I was attracted to my job at Tennessee Tech was that it allowed for a return to cello teaching and playing, rather than just conducting. Cello playing has been an important part of my life for over 30 years," said Allcott, associate professor of music at TTU, where he teaches conducting and cello in addition to working with orchestras here and throughout the Southeast.
Allcott has studied cello with John Ehrlich, Ann Martindale-Williams, Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Helga Winold. He has studied chamber music with Michel Block, James Campbell, Rostislav Dubinsky, Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli, and Menahem Pressler. He is a faculty member of Cellospeak and the Tennessee Cello Workshop and President of Tennessee's chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Director of Piano Studies at TTU, Godes is a frequent collaborator with her TTU colleagues. She began her musical studies in NYC at the age of four and received the BM and master's degrees from West Virginia University, where she studied with renowned pianist Herman Godes. The two eventually married and formed the Godes Piano Duo. They toured throughout the country and taped several programs for PBS. She continued her studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Israeli pianist David Bar-Ilan and received the Doctorate in Musical Arts and Performance.Two years on the faculty of Fairmont University in West Virginia were followed by the appointment to head the Community Music Program at West Virginia University where Godes designed a curriculum for more than 400 students. She also established piano classes for children and adults.
Faculty Cello Recital: Dan Allcott, Cello; Catherine Godes, piano
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18
Wattenbarger Auditorium, Bryan Fine Arts Center, TTU