An early music specialist, Allison Monroe performs on vielle, rebec, medieval harp, violin, viola, and sings. Her performing credits include concerts with the Boston Camerata, Newberry Consort, Alkemie, Apollo’s Fire, Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Les Délices, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival's Berwick Academy, the Washington Bach Consort, Bourbon Baroque, and the Brecon Baroque Festival Orchestra, among others, under the direction of such leaders as Masaaki Suzuki, Lars Ulrik-Mortensen, Matthew Halls, J. Reilly Lewis, Monica Huggett, Rachel Podger, Jeannette Sorrell, and Alexander Weimann.
She directs the Collegium Musicum, comprising the Medieval and Renaissance ensembles, at Case Western Reserve University, from which she also holds a D.M.A. in Historical Performance Practice. While there, she took lessons with Julie Andrijeski and also studied with Ross Duffin and Debra Nagy, among others. Allison won Early Music America’s 2017 Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship which enabled her to study in Italy, England, and Switzerland for a few weeks. She also attended the 2015 Early Music Vancouver Festival’s Medieval Programme on an Elaine Adair Scholarship. At the Vancouver Festival, she particularly enjoyed performing alongside Sequentia and accompanying Benjamin Bagby in a portion of the “Chanson de Roland” for the final concert.
Allison loves that the historical performer combines scholarly research with the practice of performance. Her own research interests currently center on medieval song accompaniment, self-accompaniment, and early seventeenth-century violin bands. In her spare time, she also enjoys singing blues and jazz, watching classic films, and shopping for used books.