Allegro is the premier distributor of independent classical music in North America. Founded over 30 years ago, Allegro began as a classical music import service. Over 20 years ago, brothers Joe, Vince, and Rico Micallef purchased Allegro from its original owner, implemented new systems, and quickly moved Allegro to the forefront of state-of-the-art entertainment distribution.
Allegro has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most efficient and effective independents in North America. Along the way, Allegro has acquired complementary companies that have expanded our distribution channels. From smaller distributors, listening station companies, and specialty distribution companies like Music Design, NewSound (gift market), and NAIL (alt rock), these acquisitions have given Allegro an unparalleled breadth of distribution. Through our Softland branch, we are even able to place titles into the military network of PX stores worldwide
From traditional core retail accounts to gift accounts and special market outlets, Allegro leaves no stone unturned in seeking new markets and providing quality products for our thousands of direct and retail customers.
OUR CLASSICAL TEAM
Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Damon Sgobbo is our King of Classical Music. He is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and brings a lifelong background in performance, retail, and distribution to the Allegro team. A highly accomplished French horn player (and Dennis Brain fanatic), Damon has performed as a soloist in Avery Fischer Hall and as principal horn with the Royal, Bolshoi, and Stuttgart Ballets as well as the New Jersey Symphony. He has shared the performance stage with Zubin Mehta, Henry Lewis, Ashley Lawrence, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, and Rudolph Firkuný. In his spare time, Damon played on Broadway, in various commercial dates, and founded the New Manhattan Brass Quintet. When his dreams of becoming Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony (or playing second base for the Yankees) were finally dashed, Damon wisely turned his talents towards music retail, where he became the Classical and later General Manager for HMV Records before being promoted to HMVs National Purchasing Manager. In December 1999 Damon became Allegros Vice President of North American Sales, founding our New York office, and today he oversees Allegros Sales & Marketing departments. When hes not rambling on about the great Chicago brass section of the 1950s and 60s, he leads our team in finding new and innovative methods to market and sell your product with great energy, enthusiasm, and commitment.
Classical Product Manager Bryan Huitt, a Portland native, attended the UO School of Music and graduated from PSU with a degree in Vocal Performance. He is an accomplished musician on the clarinet, piano, guitar, flute, and sax, and possesses wonderful vocal talent, singing in choirs, musical theater, and opera. He has been an active member of the local choral and vocal scene for over 25 years with groups such as Portland State Chamber Choir, Portland State Opera (roles include Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi), Portland Symphonic Choir, David York Ensemble (Artistic Board Member), and even singing background with Portlands own Pink Martini! Fifteen years of management experience in the hospitality/customer service industries have given Bryan a strong foundation in client relations and innovative problem solving. His creativity and spirited nature are a welcome addition to the Allegro Classical team, as is his passion for travel, wine/beer tasting, andof courseUO Duck football. Go Ducks!