Shawn Brogan Allison’s music has been described as “playful and inventive” (Chicago Sun-Times), “smartly crafted,” “lyrical, otherworldly,” “quirky,” and “intriguing” (Chicago Classical Review). The Chicago-based composer and saxophonist’s music has been played by eighth blackbird, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Contempo, The New Fromm Players, The Esoterics, Cantus, and The Cornell Chorale. His awards include a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Tanglewood Fellowship, the 2009 Polyphonos competition (U.S. Composer category winner), a Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, the 2004 Jerome Commissioning Competition, and second prize in the 2009 Cello-Riss competition (Norway). His music has been selected for performance at the Tanglewood, Bowdoin, SICPP, and Wellesley summer festivals.