Allen Whear, who had taught baroque cello and viola da gamba as an adjunct instructor at UNT since 2010, died Feb. 10.
After graduating from the New England Conservatory, he earned a master’s at the Juilliard School and a doctorate at Rutgers University. He also was the recipient of an ITT International Fellowship and studied with Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam.
He performed as a soloist for multiple symphonies and orchestras, including the Brandenburg Collegiums and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, and appeared with many notable musical groups across the world, including Musica Antiqua Köln, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Vienna Boys Choir and Aradia.
He was the associate principal cellist of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; artistic director of Pro Musica Rara, Baltimore's premier early music ensemble; and principal cellist and recital director of the Carmel Bach Festival in California.
His recording credits included Sony, Virgin, Musical Heritage, Naxos and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. He also was a prolific writer of program notes, and his liner notes for Mozart and Beethoven symphonies were published on the Sony and Analekta labels.
Survivors include his wife, baroque violinist Cynthia Roberts, a principal lecturer in the College of Music. Funeral arrangements are pending.