About

Allie Taylor is a Graduate student at the University of Michigan, pursuing a Masters of Music in Violin Performance, a Masters of Music in Improvisation, and a Masters of Music in Chamber Music. She will also receive a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Allie currently studies with David Halen, Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony

In her research, Allie engages with research on music, gender, education, and performance. Through personal experiences, interviews, and engagement with existing theories and literature, Allie’s master’s thesis explores how the behavioral expectations of women in society influence creative expression, and examines how these expectations ultimately affect the interest, willingness, and comfort with which women approach Western art music and improvised music. As an active performer, she aims to offer a nuanced ethnographic approach to this work. A copy of her thesis is available upon request.

Allie is the creative director and founder of Music:Deconstructed LLC, a new organization comprised of University of Michigan students and professors, dedicated to creating fresh and exciting opportunities that contribute to the diversification of voices and representation in the performing arts.

In the summer of 2021, Allie will be performing in Breckinridge, Colorado with the National Repertory Orchestra. On July 9th, 2021, Allie will be performing the first solo violin part of The Concerto for Two Violins by J.S. Bach with internationally renowned violinist and pedagogue Midori.

Recent composition projects include a two-act comedic musical, Diseducated, co-written with Sammy Sussman and The Bachelor: The Musical: A Video, a multi-episode Instagram-based musical written with Sammy Sussman during quarantine this past year.

Allie is a 3-time DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award winner (in the Jazz Vocal and Pop/Rock/Blues categories), a 2-time semifinalist in the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative Competition, the first place winner of the Allegro Society Instrumental Scholarship Competition, and has performed internationally, from London to India (where she studied Carnatic violin). 

Allie is a member of the Newport Festivals Foundation Jazz Assembly Band, a group that provides educational initiatives throughout the state of Michigan to engage and encourage young jazz lovers, and to celebrate and preserve Jazz music & traditions. 

During her Undergraduate career at the University of Michigan, where she earned a B.M. in Violin Performance and a B.A. in Communications Studies, Allie interned with Askonas Holt, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, University Musical Society, and the A&R department at Mack Avenue Records.

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