Allison Bailey began violin studies at the age of four, developed a love for orchestral playing, and became the youngest member of the Prince William Symphony Orchestra at age ten. Ms. Bailey attended Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Oregon, and the Manhattan School of Music, earning a Bachelor’s degree, Graduate Performance Diploma, and two Master’s degrees. Violin teachers include Erick Friedman, Aaron Rosand, Herbert Greenberg, and Glenn Dicterow.
Prior to returning to Virginia in 1999, Ms. Bailey lived and worked in New York City where she had a variety of performing engagements including frequent orchestral performances at Carnegie Hall, recording at Sony studios for Quincy Jones Productions, performing on the soundtrack to the A&E Biography of Irving Berlin, and coaching The Good Wife actress Juliana Margulies in violin for a character role in the NBC hit drama Homicide.
In addition to her post as Associate Concertmaster of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Bailey serves as Concertmaster of the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, maintains a private violin studio, and is an active freelance musician in the Washington area. In recent years Ms. Bailey has been a featured soloist with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfax Choral Society. In addition, she has served on the faculty of the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and as guest conductor and adjudicator in Virginia and New York City.
Ms. Bailey is currently in her seventeenth year as orchestra director at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, VA, where she has also served as Summer School Principal for six years and was named Teacher of the Year in 2017.