Brett Allen


The Keith F. and Katherine B. Dufrane Trust Chair

Brett Allen is originally from New Jersey. He began studying violin at age 8. He holds 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 stationed in Washington, DC. His duties included entertaining at the White House, State Department, Congress and Chiefs of Staff residences. He also toured worldwide and took part in various Dept 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. He has subbed and recorded with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Ontario, and toured with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Allen has been a local member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra since 2011. He is concurrently Assistant Principal Viola of the Columbus Symphony, a position he has held since 1991. Allen is a published composer and arranger with works available from Oxford University Press, Corsi, Watchfire Music and Allen is a licensed foster parent for the state of Ohio.