Allison studied music (horn) and new media/journalism at Valparaiso University (’05). 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 1st Vice President of the Milwaukee Area Piano Teachers Association (MAPTA).
Allison is the Assistant Director of Church and School Music at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Washington Heights, Milwaukee, where she leads five different youth and adult handbell ensembles, does some classroom instruction and works with brass musicians. She is the editor of in tempo: a practical resource for Lutheran church musicians – a publication of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians professional organization.
In 2019 Allison started Music Biz & Banter, a networking group for musicians in the Milwaukee area who wish to connect more regarding the business aspect of things. She also founded Wisconsin Music Ventures – a new performance and education-based event series with a focus on outdoor and/or unusual event sites.
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 soon after they opened, and thoroughly enjoys the creative environment and encouragement of area artists that they provide.
Allison was born and raised on the east side of “Tosa,” and has been proud to participate as a board member for the Tosa Farmers Market since 2015. She and her husband Nick currently reside on the west side of the Milwaukee suburb, with their two energetic but extremely lovable dogs.