Alice McAllister Tillman is a versatile artist whose experiences have taken her to concert halls and recital stages throughout North America. Her voice has been described as“Exquisite,” “Mesmerizing,” “Magnificent,” “Brilliant” and “Beautiful!”
“Soprano Alice McAllister Tillman, whose soaring voice sent exquisite chills through the air during Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Concert at Orchestra Hall.” (Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press)
Alice McAllister Tillman “was accompanied by a harpist as she performed a stirring Schubert’s Ave Maria. The overwhelming opinion is that it will stand out as one of the most impressive parts of the service.” (Kev Geoghegan
& Paul Glynn BBC Music News Live) Funeral Service of music icon Aretha Franklin
Alice McAllister Tillman is known for her ability to perform a diverse range of literature spanning many genres. She has been presented in solo recitals that include Art Songs, Operatic Arias, Spirituals, Musical Theater and Jazz. She is frequently engaged in Oratorio and Symphonic presentations. Highlights as a soloist include Bach’s
Magnificat, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, Margaret Bond’s Credo, Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Mozart’s Requiem, Garcia’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Coleridge-Taylor Perkins’ Symphony of the Sphinx premiered by The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and MaestroThomas Wilkinson, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Concert under the baton of David Berger during the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, Dave Brubeck’s
To Hope with the Brubeck Quartet during the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival, Adolphus Hailstork’s Earthrise during the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Classical Roots Series under the baton of Maestro Leonard Slatkin, Henry Panion’s Here We Are under with Maestro Roderick Cox, From Broadway to the Met Livonia Symphony and Maestro Volodymyr Shesiuk, featured artist for the 2013 and 2019 Azalia Hackley Concert presented by the Friends of the Detroit Public Library E. Azalia Hackley Collection. The
Hackley Collection highlights the achievements of African Americans in the Performing Arts. Ms. McAllister Tillman was privileged to pay homage to music icon, Aretha Franklin, by performing Schubert’s Ave Maria at Ms. Franklin’s Funeral Service in August 2018.
Alice is a long-standing member of the Award-Winning Brazeal Dennard Chorale and accepted the role of Artistic Director in September of 2015. In her debut season as Artistic Director, Ms. McAllister Tillman had the honor of conducting The Brazeal Dennard Chorale and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Roland
Carter’s Lift Every Voice and Sing.
She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a State of Michigan Teacher Certification from The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance. Alice McAllister Tillman has an incredible love of teaching and has been a Voice Instructor at every level including Kindergarten through Post-Graduate Studies.
Ms McAllister Tillman is the creator and featured solo artist of “Once Upon a December Eve,” a concert presented each December that has become a Holiday Tradition in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.
Alice McAllister Tillman is a featured recording artist on The Second Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers, The New Negro Spiritual, Remembering II Significant Spirituals, Reflections and Once Upon a December Eve.