Music

I am a classically-trained musician with two degrees in music and a passion for history, ethnomusicology, and different instruments.  

I've become increasingly interested in filk and would love to start a band (LA/SoCal based) who wants to perform nerd / geek music in a folk/celt/medieval style for conventions and events.  

Visit the "contact me" page if you are interested.

I play most often on Tik Tok!

Video Game music, Nerdy theme songs, Celtic tunes, and more

 
 

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Hounds of Belfast

Irish Rock Band playing a mix of covers, traditionals, and originals

Visit our webpage to see our upcoming shows:

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Idyllwild Renaissance Faire

Join me for Dulcimer Karaoke, and a plethora of celtic tunes!

Sunday, September 26th only

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Chaste Treasure at the Montana Renaissance Festival

An a cappella trio of fancy ladies singing renaissance tunes from bawdy to beautiful. 

For bookings and more information:

Serial Killers at Sacred Fools 

Nightcap holiday performance for St Paddy's day.

Danny Boy on hammered dulcimer + voice, Whiskey in the Jar on Irish whistle with an irish hard-shoe dance break at the end.

Joined by other members of Sacred Fools Theater Company on voice, guitar, and dance.

We The People in Hollywood, CA

A curated staged reading of new works theatrically exploring the social and political concerns facing our country today. 

Wrote and performed an original song, "Lullaby for the Future" on voice and guitar. With Lynn Adriana on voice.

Nerdy Renaissance Wedding in Southern California

Commissioned to play a renaissance/medieval wedding with "nerdy" music.  

Arranged music and created garb for the event.

Songs played by a duo on Hammered dulcimer, flute, recorder, violin, and guitar.

Included music from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Zelda, Super Mario, and more!

MacBeth: His Story. Her Tragedy in Hollywood, CA

Co-composer of some original music used in this twist on a Shakespeare classic.

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire  

Irwindale, CA

Dulcimer Karaoke, festive Celtic and Renaissance tunes. 

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The faire did not happen in 2020 nor 2021 due to Covid. 

 

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Main instruments:

  • Hammered dulcimer, classical flute, recorder (soprano/alto), irish whistle/flute, percussion (concert and ethnic), an array of bamboo/wooden flutes of various types and styles, voice

Other instruments:

  • Ukelele, guitar, piano, mandolin, saxophone, etc 

 

Most interesting/strangest instruments in the collection (so far):

  • Bass Gemshorn, Bombard, Shuttle Pipes (a version of smallpipes/bagpipes), Hammered Dulcimer

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Other than performing with various wind ensembles, orchestras and jam/jazz bands, and choirs, Allison has performed with many groups including the following and is always interested in finding new, interesting groups to perform with.

  • The Hounds of Belfast, a Los Angeles-based celtic rock band playing a mix of traditional, covers, and original music.

  • Chaste Treasure, an a cappella of fancy renaissance ladies singing songs both bawdy and beautiful.

  • September Muse, a band that specializes in music of the celtic isles and the days of yore

  • Playn Fore Quarters, a medieval/renaissance dance band

  • One Cowbell Band, a quirky group playing the music of early america

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Contact me for any of the following:

  • Arranging music for specific performing groups or specific instruments

  • Transcribing music (notating music after listening to it)

  • Composing or writing music: with or without lyrics

I have music for sale on Noteflight Marketplace.

I'd love to arrange music for your small ensemble, choir, or other musical group.

Get in touch and let's discuss what is possible!

 

 

 
 

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Music Direction and Conducting

I've been Music Director/Conductor for a number of musicals and groups including:

Songs for a New World

Once on This Island

Once Upon A Mattress

2Cents Theatre Caroling for Homeless

Shakespeare's Last Night Out

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My conducting is much stronger than my piano playing ability.  Because of this, I rarely music direct anymore, but am still interested if it's ever needed/wanted.

 

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Degree in Music Education from Hartwick College.

I have experience in:

Orchestration, Conducting, Individual lessons, K-12 general music, K-12 Choir and Band, Music Direction, leading general Summer Camp classes, leading Music-based summer camp classes.  

Teaching Philosophy:

  • Everyone is a student and a teacher their entire lives: We should never stop learning, and never stop teaching.  Show the world, especially your students, how to live with compassion, mindfulness, enthusiasm, passion, respect and love.  In order to do this, create a caring and stimulating atmosphere in the classroom and open the door to discovery, curiosity and learning.  Everything is connected, and as such, my musical teaching generally incorporates historical or cultural immersion, and includes lessons that can tie to what is being learned in another subject wherever possible.

I have openings for private lessons : hammered dulcimer lessons, music reading & theory, and more.

I currently have some classes available on Outschool through Success Enrichment Group

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If you would like to work with me on any musical projects, please use the "contact me" page to get in touch!