Alan Fey is a classically-trained percussionist who specializes in solo and chamber music. Based in Nashville, his primary focus is on the genre-defying category that is “new music,” as he has been involved in the commissioning and world premieres of more than 12 works since 2011. Alan has performed in spaces ranging from churches to art galleries to concert halls, from the Zeitgeist Art Gallery to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, and from Millennium Park in Chicago to Carnegie Hall in New York. In addition to live performances, Alan has contributed to various sessions in Nashville and can be heard on the final track of Music for the Soul’s Dignity album.
A native of central Florida, Alan now calls Nashville home after being raised in Florida, southeast Texas and northeast Tennessee. Alan earned his Bachelor & Master of Music degrees in percussion performance from Belmont University, where he studied with Chris Norton. In addition to his classical percussing, he can often be found playing or teaching African hand-drumming, tickling the ivories of various pianos, writing his own percussion music, drinking craft beer, or eating whatever delicious baked goods his wife just made.
Alan has performed with the new chamber ensemble INTERSECTION, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, as a concerto soloist with the Nashville Philharmonic and Belmont Symphony Orchestras, in various chamber settings – including a group he founded, (but is currently on hiatus) PULSE [new music ensemble] – and frequently as a soloist throughout the southeast.
Alan recently (May 2015) directed the Nashville premiere of John Luther Adams’ monumental percussion work Inuksuit in Cumberland Park, which featured over 35 performers.
When not performing, Alan is involved in Make Music Nashville (and one of the founders), a non-profit organization (and member of the Make Music Alliance) whose primary function is to produce a day of free, outdoor music in communities all over Nashville on the Summer Solstice (usually June 21).
Alongside Chris Norton, some of Alan’s instructors and mentors have included Doug Perkins, Todd London, Rich Graber, Bernhard Schmidt, Michael Burritt, Matthew Duvall. He has worked with or performed in masterclasses for folks such as Steve Reich, David Lang, Leigh Howard Stevens, So Percussion, She-e Wu, Marta Klimasara, Anders Astrand and more.
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As a conductor, Alan has served as Assistant Music Director and Rehearsal Conductor for two Belmont Opera productions. He has conducted the Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Women’s Choir, Chamber Singers, and other ensembles at Belmont as a student. He studied with Robert Gregg and Jane Warren in Nashville and Michael Hurshell in Dresden (Germany). Among the more notable conductors under whom he has performed are Giancarlo Guerrero, Hartmut Haenchen, Ekkehard Klemm, Kelly Corcoran, and Chris Norton.