Ever since belting out Led Zeppelin on the drum kit from the age of eight, Alison has always loved to make music. A highly driven and enthusiastic musician, Alison is passionate about creating music with other people and the discipline that comes with honing her craft.
In her Honours year in 2018, Alison gave the Australian Premiere of John Mackey’s Percussion Concerto Drum Music at the Melbourne Recital Centre alongside the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony. Alison performs with Orchestra Victoria and is a casual musician with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Since 2016, Alison has been involved with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) programs, participating in multiple National Music Camps and AYO seasons. Most notably, in 2018 she was Principal Percussionist of both the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra, and participated in the latter’s 2018 International Tour to Asia. Alison also continues to play in a variety of put-together orchestras around Melbourne, such as The Orchestra Project, and has worked as a member of Speak Percussion's Sounds Unheard program. Alison has also worked with amazing artists such as Timothy Munro (Eighth Blackbird), Håkan Hardenberger (Sweden), Stefan Dohr (Berliner Philharmoniker) and thanks to the digital world, has had classes with musicians all over the world including Steven Schick (USA), Christopher Lamb (New York Philharmonic) and Cynthia Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
Alison has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, most notably First Prize and Audience Choice in the 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering Orchestral Accessories Competition in Brisbane. Throughout her tertiary studies, she was supported generously by numerous scholarships including the Graff Family Scholarship, the Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholarship, and the Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize. Alison is currently in her third year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), an important stepping stone in her career. She currently studies the Alexander Technique, which is one of the most important aspects of her development as a human being.
Away from music, Alison is passionate about human anatomy and physiology, enjoying regular reading and study in this area. She also loves to exercise and cook.
READ Alison's thoughts on why music education matters in this CutCommon interview.
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Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Paul & Yvonne Lynch, John & Chris Conquest, Ken Schroder, Michael Schwarz & David Clouston, Igor & Jenny Zambelli