Ever since belting out Led Zeppelin on the drum kit from the age of eight, Alison has loved to make music. Her passion has taken different courses during her study, and for many years now has fostered a love of both orchestral music and the exquisite writing of JS Bach.
Since 2016, Alison has been involved with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) programs, participating in multiple National Music Camps and AYO seasons. 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 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. In 2019 she won ANAM’s ‘Most Creative Recital Marketing Campaign’ award and looks forward to furthering her marketing skills for her recital in 2020. Alison is extremely grateful for all of the financial support she has received.
She is passionate about chamber music and in 2018 was a founding member of Fractal Percussion, introducing the exciting world of percussion to high school students. Alison performs as a casual musician with both Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
2020 is Alison's second year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and an important stepping stone in her career. Alison holds high aspirations of obtaining a full-time position in a professional orchestra in the near future.
READ Alison's thoughts on why music education matters in this CutCommon interview.
Photo by Pia Johnson
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate - Paul & Yvonne Lynch, John & Chris Conquest, Ken Schroder, Michael Schwarz & David Clouston