Alison Allerton is an Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she conducts the Women’s Chorale and Men’s Chorus and teaches courses in choral methods, secondary general methods, and music appreciation.
Prior to her collegiate career, Dr. 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 Dr. 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 (CMEA) State Conference.
As a singer, Dr. Allerton has performed in Red Shift, the preeminent professional choir of Baton Rouge, since the ensemble’s founding in 2015. In October 2017, Red Shift gave an invitational performance at Louisiana-ACDA, and in October 2018 they will give an invitational performance at the CMS National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dr. Allerton holds a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University, a Master of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Dr. 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 (2014), ACDA Southern Division in Chattanooga (2016), and the Association of British Choral Directors National Convention (2016). Dr. 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.