EUGENE EMILE ALLOO
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Eugene Emile Alloo (1884-1975 )
by birth, American citizen since 1918 Graduated from The Royal Conservatory
of Music in Brussels and The Verviers Conservatory with highest
honors in 1906. Studied counterpoint and fugue in Paris with Andre
Gedalge, Professor at the Paris Conservatory.
In 1908, shortly after he came to America, he joined The New York
Symphony Orchestra as timpanist under Walter Damrosch. From 1910-1918
he performed as solo trombonist with The Boston Symphony Orchestra
first under Max Fiedler and later under Dr. Karl Muck. During this
time he began developing trombone instruments with the Conn Company
having at least three of their models (models 22H, 23H, and 28H)
referred to in his name and later being named to the Conn Hall of
Fame. From 1914-1916 he was Conductor of Harvard University's Peirian
Soldality (currently known as The Harvard University Symphony Orchestra).
During World War I he was chosen by the War Department to direct
military music at Camp Devens, Massachusetts, to train bands and
bandmasters, and to conduct massed-band concerts.
After the conclusion of World War I, at the invitation of Conductor
Eugene Ysaye he joined The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as Associate
Conductor. In Cincinnati he taught at the Cincinnati Conservatory,
conducted and trained its orchestra, and organized a municipal band
that he also conducted.
From 1922-1935 he was Professor and Head of the music department
at The University of California, Berkeley.
In 1941 he delivered a lecture on brass and percussion instruments
at the Golden Anniversary of Carnegie Hall in New York City. This
lecture was later published in the book Be Your Own Music Critic
edited by Robert E. Simon, Jr.
From 1935-1942 he served as a member of the summer faculty at The
University of Iowa, and had numerous teaching and conducting responsibilities
in the United States and Europe.
In 1942 he joined the University of Miami as Conductor of its Symphony
Orchestra as well as Music Director. He remained with The University
of Miami and became Professor Emeritus in 1969.
He came from a long lineage of musicians. His grandfather Charles-Jean
Alloo was a well-known Belgian choral conductor. His father, Charles
Jean-Auguste Alloo was conductor of The French Opera Company, which
settled in New Orleans (U.S.A) in the early 1900's, and his brother,
Charles, was Director of The Conservatory at Avignon, France.
Dr. Modeste Alloo's professional materials, some of his trombones
and materials of his musical family are included in his archive
at The Music Library of The University of California, Berkeley.
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