Free-lance musician Allison Willet followed in the footsteps of her grandmother, who was also a violinist. She began playing the violin at age 6, but was eager to learn many more instruments including the clarinet and piano. She graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University in 2006 with a degree in violin performance. She completed a master’s degree in 2008 in violin performance at the graduate school of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Allison has studied with baroque violinist Gesa Kordes and violist da gamba Gail Ann Schroeder. In addition to modern and baroque violin, treble, tenor and bass viola da gamba, Allison performs on viola d’amore, a rare 14- stringed instrument.
Allison is a founding member of numerous ensembles, including the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and Raleigh Camerata, the premiere baroque chamber ensemble in Raleigh, NC. She maintains a private studio from her home in Wake Forest, NC, where she lives with her husband and 3 cats. Allison is also a yoga instructor, and finds that yoga supports the lifestyle of an active musician.