The Jane Werum Chair
Brett Allen began playing violin at age 8. He is a native of New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and an Artist’s Diploma in Viola from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Early in his career he was a member of the USAF Strolling Strings based in Washington, DC. During this time he entertained at the White House, State Department and Chief of Staff residences and toured worldwide. 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 the Pittsburgh Symphony. Allen is 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 with works in the catalogs of Oxford University Press, Berben and Watchfire Music.