Allison studied music (horn) and new media/journalism at Valparaiso University (’05), where she also continued piano and vocal training. In 2011 she graduated from Concordia University in Wisconsin with a Master of Church Music degree in choral conducting.
Allison teaches piano and plays piano for weddings, funerals and other special events on a freelance basis. She has been a choral accompanist, service music leader and soloist. As a vocalist she has done comparable things; generally freelance wedding and funeral solo work. She has sung with The Milwaukee Choristers and Vox Antiqua early music ensemble.
Allison teaches French horn and currently plays horn with Avec le Bois Woodwind Quintet and The Firefly Brass Duo; she’s performed with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Summer Philharmonia and Concord Chamber Orchestra.
Allison has directed a number of groups, ranging from traditional choirs to handbells to woodwind ensembles – adult, high school, middle school and children’s ages.
In 2019 Allison founded Wisconsin Music Ventures – a live music series with a focus on outdoor and/or unusual event sites; putting great Wisconsin musicians in great Wisconsin places. Since the COVID era, WMV has become a community for musicians that supports them in their work, alongside hosting live events. In the fall of 2020 WMV launched its podcast The Musician’s Venture, which Allison was first host of, and now contributes to. In “the biz” Allison is known by the name Allison Emm.
Allison has worn a variety of hats within the arts and entertainment field: from music journalism to house management to box office to arts education to orchestral business management to marketing; being the Executive Director of a local symphony orchestra to a Guitar Festival Consultant. She’s also been a volunteer with local non-profits such as 88 Nine Radio Milwaukee (Music Education Task Force) and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Docent for Educational Programming). She currently assists the #iVoted national music festival with its podcast distribution.
Allison was born and raised on the east side of Wauwatosa. She and her husband Nick currently reside on the west side of the same Milwaukee suburb, with their two energetic but extremely lovable dogs. Nick and Allison enjoy rock climbing, hiking, cycling and walking their dogs together.
Allison enjoys studying the German language – something that connects her to her family history, as well as to some of the greatest classical composers.