Jeremy Allen has his roots in the rolling hills of western Iowa, where he grew up on a 400-acre farm.  It was there that he first became fascinated with music and sound, listening mostly to farm machinery, his father's records of 1970s popular music, and the soundtracks from his favorite films. In college, Jeremy became acquainted with the music of early twentieth-century composers, at which point he decided to pursue music composition.

Photography by Heidi M. Rolf

Jeremy is now a Cleveland-based composer committed to restoring a city by enriching its culture and communities through new music and artistic collaborations.  He holds a Master’s degree in Composition from the University of Kentucky and a Doctorate in Composition from The Cleveland Institute of Music.  He has studied with award-winning composers Joseph Baber, Margaret Brouwer, and Keith Fitch, and has actively participated in seminars and master classes with other well-known composers such as Melinda Wagner, Robert Beaser, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, Claude Baker, David Rakowski and Tania León.  He has also studied film scoring and sound design with Steven Mark Kohn.  From 2008-2009, Jeremy conducted research in cooperation with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Joan Tower and Melinda Wagner toward developing a pertinent method of analysis for contemporary art music based on a cooperative effort between music theorists and twenty-first century composers. 

Jeremy has received commissions from numerous organizations including The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Canton Symphony Orchestra, Inlet Dance Theatre, and The Mauthe String Quartet and is a recipient of the Donald Erb Prize in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  Jeremy is also a two-time recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2012, 2016). His music, which has been featured on public radio and television across the U.S., has been performed by internationally renowned performers and groups such as the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Emily Ondracek-Peterson (Voxare String Quartet), HALO Ensemble and MOSAIC, among others, and has been called “poetic,” “beguiling” and “mesmerizing” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Jeremy’s music is regularly featured in public venues such as The Cleveland Sculpture Center, Ingenuity Festival, The Cleveland Playhouse and The Cleveland Public Theatre, often in collaboration with visual artists, sculptors, filmmakers and dancers.  His film music has been commissioned by institutions such as The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and The LeBron James Family Foundation, and his electronic music is currently part of the Cleveland Clinic’s Music and the Brain research project.

Jeremy is also co-founding Executive Director of FiveOne Experimental Orchestra (51XO), a modern music chamber band dedicated to bridging the gap between pop culture and modern art music. Hailed by Donald Rosenberg as “burst[ing] with inventive, energetic spirit,” 51XO, now in its eighth concert season, attracts new audiences to the contemporary classical music scene by collaborating in fresh ways with young, innovative visual artists, dancers, and filmmakers in nontraditional settings.  Jeremy is currently Inlet Dance Theatre's Composer-In-Residence and teaches composition and orchestration at the Cleveland Institute of Music.