Allen French is an instructor of french horn. He came to Hope College in the fall of 2013.
Before coming to Hope, Allen taught at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for 18 years where he was associate professor of horn studies. During that time, the horn studio developed a reputation for excellence with students successfully competing on a national level. Former students of his have performed with various ensembles such as:
- Minnesota Orchestra
- Portland Symphony
- Phoenix Symphony
- Omaha Symphony
- Virginia Symphony
- Strategic Air Command Band
- Many others
Past students have served on the faculties of St. Olaf College, Oklahoma State University and Fort Hays State University.
Other accomplishments of the horn studio include winning national auditions to perform with the Blossom Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival and the Nova Scotia Music Festival. A very high percentage of graduating performance majors have been accepted into the graduate programs at some of the top programs in the country, including The Cleveland Institute on Music, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, University of Michigan and The University of North Texas. Equally important is that several students have gone on to become successful music educators and conductors. In addition, several high school and junior high school students of Professor French have gone on to become “first chair” in several all-state bands and successful performers at the collegiate level.
Allen was a member of the Stuttgart State Theater Orchestra in Stuttgart, Germany, principal horn for seven years with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet while at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This ensemble has toured throughout the United States and has performed in Asia, Spain and Canada. In addition the ensemble has made several recordings on the Crystal Records label.