Instructor of Jazz History
Allen Zurcher has a wide and varied musical experience in his more than thirty-five years as a professional musician, composer, arranger and educator; including holding teaching positions in saxophone and jazz studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA, where he was the program director for the Bill Evans jazz festival. Dr. Zurcher has been a saxophonist with the Erie Philharmonic and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra as well as Music Dir. and bandleader for Premier and Princess Cruise Lines. He has performed with notable musicians and entertainers such as The Manhattan Transfer, Bryan Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Clark Terry, Don Menza, Vic Damone, and Diane Carroll. Allen can be heard on recordings Waiting in the Alley (2001) with Andy Nevala, For the Last Time (2001) with the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Lab I, and Armed and Dangerous (2008) with One World Tribe. In addition he maintains an active career as a performer and clinician in the Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York tri-state area Dr. Zurcher currently teaches jazz studies at Mercyhurst University and music appreciation at Gannon University.