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David Len Allen scores

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 7884

Scope and Contents

Collection contains Allen's original manuscripts, photocopies of his arrangements, and Church music in general spanning the years of 1983-1996.


  • approximately 1983-1995


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from David Len Allen scores must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

David Len Allen (born 1955) is a prominent composer and has written over five hundred titled works.

David Len Allen was born on April 12, 1955, in Mesa, Arizona. He began performing publically at age four. At age five he began making up tunes and playing songs by ear on his grandmother’s piano. He began writing and producing plays in the second grade. Allen formally studied piano beginning at age eight with Walter Byers. Allen received his first appointment as church organist at age twelve and began to improvise and compose shortly thereafter.

Allen completed his Bachelor’s Degree and Teacher Certification in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1981, where he graduated with high honors and number one from the College of Fine Arts. Additional schooling followed and he obtained a Masters equivalent in Arts in Education with an emphasis in Theatre.

He has composed piano solos and other instrumentals including works for string orchestra, concert and marching band, and symphonic tone poems. Additionally he has written and produced five full-length musical plays, a historical music drama, an opera and several choral suites. He currently has over seventy five titles in print including six cantatas. He has composed music and lyrics for well over five hundred songs and has created many scripted presentations for school and church productions. He has taught school for more than thirty years, from pre-kindergarten to community college. He is currently teaching drama to High School students in Utah.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The original order of the collection has been retained.

Custodial History

Donated by David Len Allen in 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; David Len Allen; 2008.


Noteworthy LDS composer (Section IV. LDS Music Archives Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Sara Stout; 2011.

Register of David Len Allen scores
Sara Stout
2011 June 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States