Biography

Allison Allport received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in harp performance with minor fields in music education, instrumental conducting and orchestration from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.While at USC, Allison studied harp with JoAnn Turovsky and was the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship. Upon graduation, Allison received the string department’s Outstanding Graduate award at the doctoral level for the class of 2008.

Some of Allison’s most exciting recent musical projects include performing in the Los Angeles Opera’s ongoing production of Wagner’s Ring Cycles and collaborating and recording with the band Weezer.

Allison has numerous other recording credits to her name, including the soundtracks to the films The Spiderwick Chronicles, Cars, National Treasure II: Book of Secrets, and Randy Newman’s album Harps and Angels. Other orchestras Allison has performed with include Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Long Beach Symphony.

As a special event harpist, Allison is sought after for many high-profile events. She has performed at many celebrity-packed functions including a luncheon for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and at Merv Griffin’s funeral.

Allison has received many honors for her music including awards from Pi Kappa Lambda, the Pasadena Fine Arts Club, Sigma Alpha Iota, American Harp Society, Young Musician’s Foundation and first place in the junior division of the American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition. She also performed a solo recital at the World Harp Congress in Prague.

To Allison, teaching music is just as exciting and important as performing. She was a graduate assistant and student instructor at USC, maintains an ever-growing private studio and teaches on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. Allison enjoys the challenges and rewards of finding the best way to help each student achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

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