Alison Hall, violin
Alison Hall joined the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in 2010, and has been a member of the Richmond Symphony since 2001. She holds a Masters of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. Her principal teachers have been Burton Kaplan, Kyung Yu, Elzbieta Winnicka, and Vivienne Thomas. She studied chamber music with Michael Friedman, Kenneth Cooper, and David Noon.
Ms. Hall serves as concertmaster for the Oratorio Society of Central Virginia, and was for six seasons the concertmaster of the Ash Lawn Opera Festival (now Charlottesville Opera.) She performs with many other area organizations, including Opera Roanoke, Opera-on-the-James, and UVa's Heritage Theater. This May, she served as solo violinist for Victory Hall Opera’s immersive show “Monticello Overheard,” staged in Jefferson’s Monticello. Besides the opera pit, she feels most at home in the church balcony, having participated in liturgical music from a young age.
A founding member of the Afton String Quartet, Alison designs the ASQAway educational programs which it takes into schools in Central Virginia. She has a small private studio and serves in the summer as coach and guest artist at the Blue Ridge Chamber Music Camp. For four years, she was violin instructor at the Woodberry Forest School.
Before coming to Virginia, Alison was a member of the New Haven Symphony, Riverside Sinfonia, and Princeton Symphony. One of her favorite solo engagements was a series of Prokofiev recitals for Hospital Audiences, Inc. in New York City. She also taught at the Conservatory of Westminster Choir College and served on the coaching staff of her dear old New Jersey Youth Symphony.
Alison grew up in London and Jersey City. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, their four children, and a puppy.