dr. sarah allen

Dr. Sarah Allen holds a Ph.D. in Music & Human Learning from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests span multiple disciplines and focus on motor skill development in music, music teaching effectiveness, and the development of expertise in music and music teaching.

She has presented her research at over 30 conferences around the world, including China, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Scotland, Iceland and New Zealand, and her work has been published in journals including the Journal for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the Proceedings of the New York Academy of Science.

At SMU, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and music pedagogy. A former public school music teacher, Dr. Allen remains an active music clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor in public schools.


aaron boyd

Violinist Aaron Boyd has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, recording artist, lecturer and educator. Since making his New York recital debut in 1998, Boyd has appeared at the most prestigious venues throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Asia and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Orion, Tokyo and Emerson Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, Phillippe Entremont, Mitsuko Uchida, Anner Bylsma, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Wu Han and David Finckel.

Boyd has appeared at the Marlboro, La Jolla, Rockport, Aspen and Music@Menlo festivals and is a season artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a member of the Escher String Quartet for five seasons, Boyd was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Martin E. Segal prize from the Lincoln Center. A prizewinner in the Ecoles D’art Americaines de Fontainebleau, the Tuesday Musical Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society competitions, Boyd was awarded a proclamation by the City of Pittsburgh for his musical accomplishments.

As a passionate advocate for new music, Boyd has been involved in numerous commissions and premieres in concert and on record, and has worked directly with such legendary composers as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and Charles Wuorinen. Boyd was a founder of the Zukofsky Quartet; the first quartet-in-residence at Bargemusic and the only ensemble to have played all of Milton Babbitt's notoriously difficult string quartets in concert. Boyd has also played and recorded in collaboration with jazz legend Dick Hyman, chanteuse Badomi DeCesare, and appeared in concert on the mandolin with flutist Paula Robison. As a recording artist, Boyd can be heard on the BIS, Music@Menlo Live, Naxos, Tzadik, North/South and Innova labels.

Born in Pittsburgh, Boyd began his studies with Samuel LaRocca and Eugene Phillips and graduated from The Juilliard School where he studied with Sally Thomas and coached extensively with Paul Zukofsky and cellist Harvey Shapiro. Boyd now serves as Director of Chamber Music and Professor of Practice in Violin at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Boyd makes his home in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Yuko, daughter Ayu and son Yuki.


Samuel Park is a Dallas-based musician, teacher, producer, and arts administrator. Sam is a first year orchestra director at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound where he leads an up-and-coming 3rd year program of 65 students. At 2019 UIL Concert and Sightreading, both Lamar orchestras received Superior sightreading ratings and Excellent stage performance ratings, the first time a Lamar orchestra received either rating. In addition, the Lamar Orchestra was crowned the Grand Champion at the 2019 NRH2O Music Festival. Other successes include Lamar's first All-Region orchestra students, excellent recruiting and retention rates, and new traditions such as the String Fling social and assisted living home performances.

Sam served as the Executive Director of music nonprofit Bridge the Gap Chamber Players from 2017 to 2018. He programmed numerous free public chamber music performances including a weekly performance series at Mockingbird Station called Music on Mockingbird as well as shows at venues including the Dallas Arboretum and Latino Cultural Center. During Sam’s tenure, Bridge the Gap collaborated with numerous Dallas organizations including WRR Classical 101.1 FM, SYZYGY Music Ensemble, the University Crossing Public Improvement District, and TEDxKids@SMU. Bridge the Gap has also been featured in the Dallas Morning News, WFAA, and the SMU Daily Campus. Now as a member of the Board of Directors, Sam works with leading arts administrators and musicians to help chamber music reach all Dallas citizens.

An esteemed horn player, Sam has performed with numerous ensembles including the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, SYZYGY Contemporary Music Ensemble, and countless chamber music ensembles. Sam also performed on trumpet with SMU Mustang Band and his string instrument proficiency continues to grow through performance with community orchestras. 

When he's not performing, practicing, or teaching; Sam loves to attend concerts, watch the Dallas Cowboys, and bike the Katy Trail. Sam is a 2018 graduate of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts with a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education.


b. kathleen gallagher

B. Kathleen Gallagher's interest in policy, the arts and nonprofit management derive from an education that includes a B.A. in Art and Architectural Histories from the College of the Holy Cross; an M.B.A. with emphases in marketing and arts management from the University of Illinois; a certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at George Washington University; an M.A. in Modern Art Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education; and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver.

Her academic training is complemented by professional experience at the Smithsonian Institution, Butterfield’s and Sotheby’s auction houses and as an independent appraiser of fine arts. Gallagher’s recent research examines the impact of funding sources on the sustainability and survival of arts and culture organizations.

Zachary Reaves

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Zachary Reaves is a highly sought after cellist and chamber musician. He is a founding member of the award-winning Altius Quartet and has performed in prestigious venues across the globe.  He holds degrees in cello and chamber music performance from Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and the University of Colorado - Boulder.  His principal teachers include Andres Diaz, Christopher Adkins, Andras Fejer, David Requiro, Thomas Heinrich, Jim Shelley, and Greg Sauer.

As a member of the Altius Quartet, Reaves has received many awards, including the Silver Medal in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Zachary and the Altius Quartet served as the Fellowship Ensemble in Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder where they were assistants to the world-renowned Takåcs Quartet.  He and the Altius have collaborated with some of the top names in chamber music, including Geraldine Walther, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, Håkan Rosengren, and Oliver Treindl.

Zachary has appeared in chamber music festivals around the world, such as the Banff Centre, Intimacy of Creativity - Hong Kong, Music in the Mountains, Innsbrook Institute Emerging Artist Program, Orvieto Musica, Colorado Music Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.  From 2011-2014, he served as the founding artistic director for Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a Dallas-based chamber music series aimed at building new audiences for classical music.

Dedicated to promoting works by living composers, Reaves has premiered over 20 new works, including pieces by Michael Ippolito, Loren Loiacono, JP Merz, Michael van der Sloot, Nathan Courtright and YoungWoo Yoo.  He has also worked closely with composers such as Kevin Puts, William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, and Joel Puckett.

Zachary’s discography includes recordings on the Centaur and Navona labels.  In 2014, he performed on the debut album for the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble.  He is also releasing two albums with the Altius Quartet in 2017: Dress Code  and Shostakovich String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, & 9.

When away from his cello, Zachary enjoys hiking, snowboarding, waterskiing, craft beer, and good food.  He is currently based in Westminster, Colorado with his wife, Parisa, and his two dogs, Cassie and Blue.

Reaves plays on a cello made in 1969 by W.E. Hill & Sons and a bow made in 2007 by David Forbes.

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