Allison Allport, Director

Allison Allport’s harp music is heard on many movie and television soundtracks including John Williams’ scores to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Allison’s orchestral schedule includes performances with Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony and Pasadena Symphony.

Allison enjoys playing across many genres. She has recorded albums and performed with bands such as Weezer, the Used, and Lord Huron, and has performed the music of Pierre Boulez on Monday Evening Concerts, the longest-running contemporary music series in the world.

Allison loves to teach. She is on faculty at California State University, Northridge, Azusa Pacific University, and maintains a large private studio. Allison’s harp students consistently receive high marks in evaluation programs such as the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program and participate in ensemble programs such as Junior Chamber Music.

Allison studied harp with JoAnn Turovsky at the University of Southern California, earning a Doctorate of Music in harp performance with minor fields in orchestration, instrumental conducting and music education. At USC, Allison earned several distinctions including a full-tuition scholarship and Outstanding Graduate Award.

Allison’s other honors include winning first prize in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. She was a featured soloist at Lyon and Healy Harptacular 2020 and has performed all over the world including at the World Harp Congress in Prague and on a five-city tour of China with Pacific Symphony.

Allison believes strongly in serving the musical community. She has served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Harp Society, and on the Board of Directors of the Recording Musicians Association and American String Teachers Association. She is a member of The Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra advisory committee. In her spare time, Allison loves hiking, teaching her deaf dog, Chip, new tricks, and is working towards her pilot’s license.

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