Brett Allen


The Keith F. and Katherine B. Dufrane Trust Chair

Brett Allen has played with ProMusica since 2011. He is a native of New Jersey where he took up the violin at an early age. Allen has a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin from Boston University and an Artist’s Diploma in Viola from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Earlier in his career he was a member of the USAF Strolling Strings based in Washington, DC. There he entertained at the White House, Congress, State Department and Chiefs of Staff Residences. He also toured worldwide and took part in various Department of Defense recording projects. Allen has held front desk positions with the Knoxville Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, and was Principal Viola of the Hamilton Philharmonic of Ontario before coming to Columbus. He has subbed and recorded with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Ontario, and toured with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He is Assistant Principal Viola of the Columbus Symphony, a position he has held since 1991. Allen is a published composer and arranger with works available at Oxford University Press, Berben, Watchfire Music, and Allen is a licensed foster parent for the state of Ohio.