Praised for “fine sensitivity in her solos” by Chicago Classical Review, Allyson Goodman enjoys a varied and vibrant career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. In 2014, Allyson was appointed principal viola of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera Orchestra and joined as the youngest member of the ensemble. Allyson performs regularly in venues throughout the D.C, such as the Phillips Collection and National Cathedral and is a regular guest artist with the National Chamber players.
Winning the Gold and Grand Prizes at the 2013 Young Texas Artists Music Competition, Allyson has also been a prizewinner at the Irving M. Klein International Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs competition, and the Musicians Club of Women Competition, amongst others. She has performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony, the Allen Philharmonic, and the Conroe Symphony, and has performed with the Miró Quartet and members of the Cavani and Cleveland Quartets.
Allyson’s primary teachers include renowned pedagogue Roland Vamos and James Dunham of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet. After completing her studies, Allyson spent one year as a viola fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Allyson spends her summers performing at The Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and the Caroga Lake Music Festival in upstate New York. This year she will also be joining the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. When she’s not playing and teaching the viola, Allyson enjoys catching as many shows at the Kennedy Center as possible and exploring Washington D.C. on her bicycle with her husband, violinist Derek Powell.
Lakes Area Music Festival
715 Laurel Street
Brainerd MN 56401
Hours*: W, F 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. *call to confirm during off-season