Alison Allerton is Assistant Professor of Music (Associate Director of Choirs and Choral Music Education) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she conducts the Women’s Chorale and Men’s Chorus and teaches courses in choral methods and secondary methods.
Prior to her career in academia, 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 gave an invitational performance at the CMS National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dr. Allerton’s early research interests include the works of Hugo Distler (1908-1942), and her dissertation, entitled “’Leave All That You Have, That You May Take All:’ What Hugo Distler’s Totentanz Reveals About His Life and Music,” won the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize for outstanding research in choral music. Dr. Allerton subsequently received grant funding for a concert project entitled In a Graveyard: A Choral Concert on Death and Remembrance, a multi-media performance experience featuring Totentanz, in honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Distler’s death.
Dr. Allerton has presented at conferences of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, Connecticut Music Educators Association, and Tennessee Music Education Association, and has served as a clinician or adjudicator for numerous choral festivals in the Eastern United States.
Dr. Allerton holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University, where she studied with Dr. John Dickson. 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 also holds a Master of Music in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Dr. William Weinert, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from James Madison University.