After seeing a violinist perform on TV when she was 3, Allison McNeal announced to her parents that she knew that she wanted to become a violinist. Ms. McNeal began playing at 4, and hasn't stopped since. A native New Yorker, her musical education has taken her to Mannes Pre-College where she studied with Ann Setzer, LaGuardia High School, the Hartt School of Music, and Boston Conservatory where she earned a Masters in Violin Performance. Ms. McNeal is a recipient of the Douglas Cox Violin Scholarship, the Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship, the Boston Conservatory Award, and the William K. Halligan Award for a Violinist. An active freelancer in the city, Ms. McNeal has appeared with Manhattan Symphonie, Chelsea Symphony, and One World Symphony. She has played on concert series for both Turtle Bay Music School and Opus 142. Ms. McNeal is also a dedicated teacher and is on the faculty of Turtle Bay Music School, Midori and Friends, and the Bronx House School of Performing Arts. She completed the two year Suzuki Certification Course at School for Strings where she studied under Allen Lieb and Kati Gerson.
Ms. McNeal performs for all kinds of events including weddings, parties, and corporate events as well as with orchestras and smaller chamber groups. She is a classically trained musician and performs mainly classical selections. She was recently asked to provide music for a celebration of the premiere of a musical where she performed many of her favorite selections by Fritz Kreisler and Johann Sebastian Bach.
As a teacher Ms. McNeal has worked with students of all ages and levels in both group and private settings. She strives to create a positive environment in which her students can thrive and grow.