Allison Balcetis
IMG_6949 2.jpg

saxophonist & teacher

based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

working with dancers, performers, and composers

teaching at the University of Alberta  


next show


January 18, 2019

Performing The Scourging at the Pillar on bass saxophone by André Mestre at Mile Zero Dance’s salon series, Backbone.



SubArctic is a monthly experimental concert series pairing dancers, musicians, text, and visual artists in a totally improvised context.  Co-curating with dancer Jen Mesch and hosted by Mile Zero Dance in Edmonton, our first season welcomed over 50 artists to the stage.

Allison's recent chamber activities include performing with pianist Sandra Joy Friesen as the Bent Note duo, the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, improvisation sextet damn magpies, UltraViolet Ensemble (saxophone, cello, flute, piano), and work with Edmontonian musicians and dance companies such as the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy and Mile Zero Dance.

The Edmonton International Academy of Music is a unique experience in Western Canada for young saxophonists, offering the chance to study music with four artists who create and collaborate throughout the world. Marie-Bernadette Charrier, Marie-Chantal Leclair, Allison Balcetis, and Sandra Joy Friesen bring their unique perspectives and years of teaching experience for students to learn from all in one place.  Future iterations will include other instruments and feature other professors from the department of music at the University of Alberta.

Curto-Circuito is a series of summer workshops, masterclasses, and concerts for young composers at the Universities of São Paulo and Campinas, co-created with composer André Mestre.  From these courses and collaborations, our first year produced 13 world premieres of student works and 3 premieres of professors’ works.  In 2015 Curto-Circuito expanded with the addition of pianist, Roger Admiral.  Maintaining our “music laboratory” where composers are free to explore the limits of the saxophone and the piano either in duet or solo, composers were challenged to improvise and work “in real time” with sound.

I am the current President of New Music Edmonton, a concert society producing events based around contemporary sonic arts.  In 2015 NME celebrated its 30th anniversary and 5th anniversary of its annual festival, Now Hear This.