Mrs. Allen started playing piano in
the 2nd grade at 7 years old. She was classically trained by Beverly Taysom and Carolyn Riggins in Tempe, AZ. During high school she participated in the local, regional and national level competition for the NFSM
(National Fraternity of Student Musicians) receiving excellent ratings for
the local and regional level in 1996 and 1997 and superior rating for the national
level in 1998 at 17 years old. Mrs. Allen also received superior ratings for 3 years at
the Arizona Interscholastic Association competition. She received an award for
outstanding piano study and performance for the year in her piano studio growing
up out of 25 other students in 1999. And has studied with Content Sablinsky in Charlottesville, VA and Diane Selheim in Tempe, AZ.
Mrs. Allen started playing the french horn in 5th grade. Durning her high school years she studied with Larry Conrad. She attended the Northern Arizona Arts Camp for two years and also the world renowned fine arts camp, Interlochen Arts Camp twice, located in Interlochen, Michigan. She also attended Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire twice to work the elite professional horn players in the horn community where she worked with Kendall Betts, Barry Tuckwell, David O’hanian, Bill Capps, Michael Hatfield, and many others. She performed in 2 National Honor Bands during high school. The first, John Phillip Sousa National Honors Band which performed in Washington, D.C. in 1999; and the second, the National Wind Ensemble which performed in Carnegie Hall in 2000.
Mrs. Allen graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a strong emphasis in horn and music theory in 2005. She studied William Lane, LA Philharmonic Orchestra, and John Ericson while attending ASU and Nancy Sullivan (Northern Arizona University) during her collegiate studies. She also played professionally with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra both on Horn. She is currently performing with the Charlottesville Band, the Cville Brass Quintet and is the Director of the Cville Horn Ensemble. She has worked with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Rapidan Symphony Orchestra and Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, as well as other small ensembles as a freelance musician.
Mrs. Allen began teaching in 1999 on both horn and piano. Becky Allen's Music Studio was established in Louisa, Virginia teaching both young children through adults, with varying abilities, as her own home based business in 2007. Her studio held a minimum of 20 students up until it was closed and relocated to Charlottesville, VA then reopened and she had to rebuild her student clientele again. Currently the studio in Charlottesville is smaller to devote more time and expertise to each and every student.
In 2019, Mrs. Allen created her online course, Successful Private Music Studio Strategies to teach new private music teachers how to start, build and maintain their own successful and THRIVING private music lessons and studio.
Mrs. Allen has been married since 2002 to Matthew Allen. Mrs. Allen is an avid runner and health and fitness motivator and certified personal trainer through NASM. She has run multiple races and even ran the Disney Princess half marathon while pregnant with her second son at 29 weeks pregnant. She also writes a health and fitness blog at www.connectthedotsginger.com. And hosts multiple health and fitness online communities to support other women in their health and fitness journeys.
I am performing with the Charlottesville Band, The Cville Brass Quintet and directing our Horn Ensemble Cville Horns along with performing as a freelance musician in central Virginia. If you are interested in booking the ensembles I perform with you may book our ensembles through the The Charlottesville Band.
Sunday June 6: 3:30pm- Brass Quintet Performance- PVCC Amphitheater behind the Dickinson Building
Saturday June 12: 12:00pm- Brass Quintet Performance- Scottsville Farmer's Market
Sunday June 13: 3:30pm- Cville Horns Performance- PVCC Amphitheater behind the Dickinson Building
Thursday June 17: 6:00pm- Brass Quintet Performance- The Blake
Wednesday June 23- 7:15pm - Brass Quintet Performance- Scottsville Batteau Festival
Sunday July 11- 3:30pm- Charlottesville Band Performance- Claudius Crozet Park
Thursday July 15- 6:00pm- Brass Quintet Performance- The Blake
Tuesday July 20- 7:30pm- Charlottesville Band Performance- PVCC Dickinson Building
Thursday July 22- 7:00pm- Brass Quintet Performance- The Center at Belvedere
Thursday July 29- 7:00pm- Cville Horns Performance- The Center at Belvedere
Tuesday August 3- 7:30pm- Charlottesville Band Performance- The Center at Belvedere
Thursday August 19- 7:30pm- Brass Quintet Performance- The Center at Belvedere
Thursday September 29- 7:00pm- Cville Horns Performance- The Center at Belvedere
Saturday October 1- 7:30pm- Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra- First Presbyterian Church, Staunton, VA
Sunday October 2- 3:30pm- Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra- First Presbyterian Church, Waynesboro, VA
Friday October 22- 7:30pm- Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra- The Paramount, Charlottesville, VA
Sunday December 14- 3:30pm- Charlottesville Band Performance- Ting Pavilion, Downtown Mall
Saturday December 18- 2pm- Cville Horn Performance- Downtown Mall
Horn, Oboe and Piano Trio: Air Arabe, Op. 77- Heinrich Molbe