After being inspired by a peer playing “Jingle Bells” at a holiday recital, 5-year old Allison immediately demanded a violin from her percussionist father and could frequently be found following her brother around her childhood home in Indiana playing “Hot Cross Buns” for him. Allison played regularly in her community and was concertmaster of the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic as well as assistant concertmaster next to her teacher of over ten years, Juli Enzinger, in the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. During her senior year in high school, she was accepted into the National High School Honors Orchestra and was placed concertmaster.
Allison earned her Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance and Psychology from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where she studied with Professor Larry Shapiro. She was also concertmaster and soloist for the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stanley DeRusha.
After graduating, Allison moved to New Jersey to become a Third Grade teacher in Newark and went on to receive her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University. She continues to seek opportunities that combine her passions for music, education, and social justice. In the meantime, she spends her time cooking delicious food, jogging through Fort Greene Park, and playing in various orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the city. Although she misses New Jersey and all of its charms, she is thrilled to finally call Brooklyn her home.