Allison studied music (horn) and new media/journalism at Valparaiso University (’05), where she also continued piano training. In 2011 she graduated from Concordia University in Wisconsin with a Master of Church Music degree, emphasis in conducting.
Allison teaches piano and plays piano for weddings, funerals and other special events on a freelance basis. She is a member of the Milwaukee Area Piano Teachers Association (MAPTA).
In 2019 Allison founded Wisconsin Music Ventures – a new performance and education-based event series with a focus on outdoor and/or unusual event sites; putting great Wisconsin musicians in great Wisconsin places.
Allison has a strong background in both conducting and performing as a church musician, particularly in the field of handbells. In 2019 she began her role as Director of Handbells at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church (where she leads both a church and community ensemble), and also joined the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble as a musician. In 2020 she started the organization Tosa Community Bells. Alongside these positions she has been Editor of In Tempo: A Practical Resource for Lutheran Church Musicians – a publication of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians professional organization, since 2017.
Allison is a mega fan of 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, for the radio station’s brilliant playlist, focus on MKE music and supporting of all things local. She is a part of the 88.9 Radio Milwaukee Education Programming Advisory Task Force.
Allison became a member of No Studios in Milwaukee in early 2019, not long after they opened. She thoroughly enjoys the creative environment and encouragement of area artists that they provide. In 2020 she took up residency at Serendipity Labs in Wauwatosa, for her own personal workspace.
In 2020 Allison began two new roles: assisting in booking performances for Milwaukee-based chamber rock duo NINETEEN THIRTEEN, as well as becoming Guitar Festival Consultant for the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield.
Allison was born and raised on the east side of “Tosa,” and was actively involved as a board member for the Tosa Farmers Market from 2015-2019. She and her husband Nick currently reside on the west side of the Milwaukee suburb, with their two energetic but extremely lovable dogs.