Steven M. Allen is an American composer, conductor, and ethnomusicologist who currently resides in Washington D.C. At Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, he received a Bachelor of Music degree and studied conducting and composition under Robert L. Morris. In 2002, Allen relocated to Washington, D.C. to study composition and conducting at Howard University while being the assistant choral director. His graduate studies include composition with Andrew Simpson and Steven Strunk, at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, ethnomusicology with Kip Lornell, George Washington University, choral conducting and pedagogy with James Jordan, Westminster Choir College and William Weinert, Eastman School of Music. Steven M. Allen earned a Master's of Music degree as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Catholic University of America. He has composed a variety of genres and styles such as symphonic works and spirituals and art songs for voice and chamber ensembles as well as an opera. Steven’s opera, Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows: An Opera based on the Lives and Love of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore is featured in The Life and Times of Paul Laurence Dunbar, produced by Frederick Lewis, 2016. This is the first PBS documentary on the life of Dunbar. In 2014, in honor of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s birthday and the opening ceremony of the newly renovated Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Washington, DC, The Poet: A Chamber Opera of Life and Times of Paul Laurence Dunbar was premiered.
Allen, Steven M., "The Poet" (2017). Dunbar Music Archive. 356.