Allison McIntosh is a Midwest-based composer originally from the Pacific Northwest. She grew up playing the cello and piano, and began studying composition while in college. McIntosh graduated with a Master of Music in composition from the New England Conservatory, where she studied under Michael Gandolfi. She also graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in music. She was the co-director of the Boston concert series Art Made Audible, which pairs new music with visual art. In 2018, McIntosh began a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Kansas.
McIntosh has attended festivals such as the Walden School Creative Musician’s Retreat and the Wyoming New Music Festival, and her music has been performed by many talented musicians including the Washington Masters Chorale and members of the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. She has attended workshops with many brilliant composers, including Sofia Gubaidulina, Thomas Adès, Joan Tower, and Augusta Read Thomas. She has also taken lessons with composers Christopher Theofanidis, Malcolm Peyton, and John McDonald.
McIntosh’s music often involves influence from literature. Her symphonic poem In Place of the Stars tells the story of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Le Petit Prince, and she is particularly interested in interpreting poetry through art song. Her music also often connects her passion for music history to her interest in innovation and experimentation. She has seen her works performed at Boston Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, and the National Presbyterian Church, as well as many other venues throughout the country.