The Jane Werum Chair
Violist Brett Lensley Allen is a native of New Jersey. His New Jersey ancestors were some of the earliest settlers of European origin in the region. Allen 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. He has enjoyed a long career as a symphony orchestra musician. As a member of the USAF Strolling Strings of Washington, DC, Allen entertained at the Reagan White House. He also appeared at State Department functions and at the residences of the Chiefs of Staff. Allen toured worldwide with the USAF Strolling Strings and participated in recording projects for the Department of Defense. He has held first desk positions with the Sacramento Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra of Ontario. He has subbed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Ontario, and toured as a sub with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Allen is currently 2nd chair Viola in both the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony. Allen is a published composer. His works may be found in the catalogs of Oxford University Press, Berbèn of Ancona, Italy, and watchfiremusic.com. Allen has two grown sons. He and his wife, Ann, are certified foster parents for the state of Ohio. Allen is an avid cyclist.