Allyson Edington, Clarinet Teacher:
Pittsburgh-based clarinetist Allyson Edington is passionate about approaching music with a sense of creativity and enjoys finding new ways to engage audiences and students alike. She holds both an Advanced Music Studies Certificate and a Master of Music in Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Her teachers include Tommy Thompson (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Dr. David Wetzel, and Janet Berlin. Experienced in orchestral, chamber, and solo playing, she also specializes in both E-flat and bass clarinet. Allyson has performed with numerous ensembles including the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, the Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, and Lila Quartet. She has also studied and performed at the Pierre Monteux School, Domaine Forget, the Claremont Clarinet Festival, the Clarinet Academy of America, and the College Seminar at the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Allyson has been fortunate to receive multiple awards for her musicianship, such as the Silberman Clarinet Award (2014, 2016) and first place at the 2016 Silberman Chamber Music Competition (with Lila Quartet) . She also traveled to Vienna, London, Madrid, and Amsterdam to study clarinet pedagogy as the 2014 winner of the Gindroz Prize for Travel. Allyson currently teaches at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh and the PYCO School of Music.