Alan Theisen (b. 4 October 1981; Port Huron, Michigan) is a Ph.D. graduate assistant in the Department of Music Theory at the Florida State University.

Composing since the age of sixteen, he has produced a steadily growing body of work distinguished by its musical energy and concentration of expression.

Representative works by Theisen include a Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Variations on a Theme of Gretchaninov, Eclogue for flute, and the Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra (premiered by soloist Lawrence Gwozdz and the Szczecin Philharmonic in 2004). Recent compositions and commissions include Ritorno for flute and cello and a Triple Concerto. Noted composer Dimitri Terzakis commends Theisen's oeuvre as being "the product of a unique talent."

As a saxophonist, Theisen has toured the United States and Canada with the Sax-Chamber Orchestra, performing at two World Saxophone Congresses (Montreal - 2000, Minneapolis - 2003). He studied the instrument with internationally-recognized performer Lawrence Gwozdz and participated in masterclasses with famed saxophone pioneer Jean-Marie Londeix. No stranger to the podium, Theisen has been a guest conductor with several ensembles.

In an effort to showcase both his own original compositions and pieces by other contemporary composers, he founded the Intégrales New Music Festival in 2005. Now an annual event, Intégrales NMF features world-premiere performances by nationally recognized musicians. Intégrales has expanded to include musical collaborations with artists, authors, and dancers. Theisen wrote his undergraduate thesis on György Ligeti's Piano Etudes, and has authored several papers on topics including Elliott Carter, film editing, composition as analysis, and Michael Brecker.

Other interests include mathematics, film criticism, and philosophy; in addition, Theisen has performed the role of Oberon in a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, for which he also wrote the incidental music.

Theisen lives with his wife (and puts up with their two cats) in Tallahassee, Florida.

Sunday, March 19, 2006
But I must have said this before, since I say it now...

This upcoming Friday (March 24) will mark the inaugural recital of Trioesquisse (pictured left), a woodwind trio comprised of myself (alto saxophone), my wife Misty (flute), and our good buddy Marc Ballard (soprano saxophone and others). As you can imagine, the repertoire for this combination is pretty slight, if not downright nonexistent; therefore, we've taken to doing a few transcriptions.

Here are a few things that make Trioesquisse a little different:

1) Our debut recital will be at a local coffee house. And we'll continue to do non-traditional venues.

2) There are no set programs or program notes. We will play concerts without a safety net and call our next piece right before we play it.

3) We encourge members of the trio to play solo and duet literature. Why must all three play all of the time?

4) We don't do old music. We don't do new music. We don't do "uptown," or "downtown," high art, or low art. The only criteria we have for selecting literature is that it must interest us musically. Haydn can co-exist with avant-garde composer Ryo Noda (they will, for example, this Friday night); Marc and I could play Telemann canonic duets on two alto saxophones followed by Misty performing Varese's Density 21.5.

We think this experiment will work.
We'll see how it goes, though....