Alison Allerton is an Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where she conducts the Women’s Chorale and teaches choral methods and secondary general methods courses. She is currently finishing her D.M.A. degree (ABD) in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Ms. Allerton was the graduate assistant conductor for their top choral ensemble, the LSU A Cappella Choir, whom she helped prepare for invitational performances given at Louisiana-ACDA, ACDA Southern Division in Chattanooga, and the Association of British Choral Directors National Convent. In addition to conducting A Cappella Choir, Ms. Allerton was also the graduate teaching assistant for undergraduate choral conducting and literature.
Prior to LSU, Ms. Allerton spent twelve years as a public school choral music educator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The entire tenure of her public school teaching career was spent in the Greenwich Public Schools in Greenwich, CT, where she was named a recipient of the Greenwich Public Schools Distinguished Teacher Award in 2010 and a recipient of the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award in 2007. Choirs under Ms. Allerton’s direction consistently received superior ratings at festivals and competitions, and in 2011 her 50-voice middle school boys select choir gave an invitational performance at the Connecticut Music Educators Association State Conference.
Ms. Allerton holds a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University and a Master of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. While at Eastman, Ms. Allerton was a graduate assistant for undergraduate choral methods classes and assistant conductor for the Eastman Women’s Chorale. Ms. Allerton’s primary conducting teachers and mentors are John Dickson and William Weinert, with additional training received by David Hill, Simon Carrington, James Jordan, Robert Page, Trey Davis, and Kevin Fenton.