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 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 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, and also joined the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble as a musician. 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.
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.