Performer & Educator
Allan Molnar is a recording artist, composer, vibraphonist, drummer and percussionist who resides in New York where he freelances in the music profession and teaches at Lehman College (Bronx, NY). Allan is the co-founder, producer and artistic director of “The Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival at Lehman College.”
Prior to moving to NYC Allan was very active as an educator in Toronto, Canada. His experiences in Canada include many live and recorded performances in a variety of genres including jazz (Glen Hall, Roswell Rudd, Don Thompson, Phil Nimmons), Latin (Vibrason, Con-Cache) and pop (Nelly Furtado, Jarvis Church, Stacie Orrico). Allan contributed vibraphone tracks to Nelly Furtado’s Grammy and Juno Award-winning albums “Whoa Nelly” and “Folklore.”
Allan's career includes 20 years teaching instrumental music with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. His expertise in music education brought Allan national acclaim as he is a recipient of the prestigious “Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.”
He continues to work as an independent music education consultant and as a resource teacher for the Canadian Teachers Federation through the “Sharing Teaching Excellence” program. Allan is a faculty member of the KoSA International Percussion Workshops, has served as chair of the Percussive Arts Society Music Technology Committee.
Allan is the co-founder and artistic director of The ALIVE Project (Accessible Live Internet Video Education). Allan provides arts-oriented distance learning opportunities for students in schools worldwide via videoconference.