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Pianist and vocal coach Allan Armstrong is assistant professor of music in voice at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he specializes in art song literature and opera coaching.
He is the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for both the Colorado/Wyoming District and Rocky Mountain Region. From 2017-2020, Armstrong was a visiting assistant professor/post-doctoral scholar in the collaborative piano and chamber music department at the Jacobs School of Music. Before joining Jacobs, he was a member of the applied piano faculty at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he co-directed the nationally award-winning Bravo Opera Company.
Armstrong has been a principal production pianist and coach at Eugene Opera, Opera Colorado, St. Petersburg Opera, Opera on the Avalon, Sugar Creek Opera, Tel Aviv Summer Opera Program and Opera Tampa. He has taught on the faculty of the Sherrill Milnes Savannah Voice Festival and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia.
In 2005 Armstrong coached and recorded the newly revised version of Béla Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle under the direction of the composer’s son, Peter Bartók. In 2010, he was a featured solo pianist in a recital of the complete solo piano works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici at New York University Steinhardt.
Armstrong earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also earned a Master of Music degree in Chamber Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida, where he studied with Svetozar Ivanov and Robert Helps.
He holds professional memberships in the College Music Society and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In 2019, Armstrong was chosen to participate in the acclaimed NATS Intern Program at the New England Conservatory.