Allyson Michal

Instructor - Violin

Allyson Michal, violin, is a member of the Hartford Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer, she is concertmaster for the New Hampshire opera festival, Opera North. Additionally, she participated on international tours to Asia and Europe with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with them at Lincoln Center and the Proms in London.

Allyson enjoys collaborating in chamber ensembles of varied instrumentation. She especially enjoys working her husband, a horn player, and has given performances with him in many settings, including recitals at Bowling Green State University, Ohio University, and the Ohio State University. Their recording of “Persistant Tracings”, a piece for horn, violin and electronics, will be released in the summer of 2020. She has also performed on multiple occasions with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Allyson was born to two music teachers and grew up observing and learning the many different styles of teaching. Her particular teaching style emphasizes students learning how to self-diagnose and solve issues in their playing so they can ultimately teach themselves. This involves developing advanced observation and listening skills. She likes to focus on approaching the violin with good technique in order to find the best way to express the emotion of music.

Allyson consistently maintains a small private studio. She currently teaches for an after school program in Greenfield, MA, in addition to giving lessons at Mt.Holyoke College. She enjoys working on good ensemble playing and orchestra repertoire, and has taught numerous orchestra sectionals and given an except masterclass at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Allyson is a graduate of Indiana University and Northwestern University, and has also performed with Chicago Civic Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and Columbus Symphony. Principal teachers include Kurt Sassmanshaus and Mauricio Fuks, with additional studies with Alex Kerr, Tim Lees, Blair Milton, Gerardo Ribiero, and Mark Kaplan.