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Saturday, 02 October 2010 12:05

Fiddlers ReStrung Welcomes New Artistic Director

Allison Cregg is the newly appointed Aritistic Director of the Fiddlers ReStrung. If you press her, she will modestly tell you that she began fiddling at age 7 and in 1996 she won her age division of the Minnesota Old Time Fiddle Championship.  This enthusiastic and talented director, looks young enough to be one of the Fiddlers ReStrung members herself, but don’t let that fool you!  Allison is a seasoned, talented violinist with the experience and credentials that will knock your cowboy hats off.

She recently earned her Masters in Violin Performance at the University of Michigan. As a student there, she studied with Aaron Berofsky and performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, where she served as a Principle Violin. Previously, she received her Bachelors in Violin Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University under the tutelage of Kenneth Goldsmith. She has been a fellowship performer at festivals in Texas, North Carolina, and Graz, Austria. Allison has played with many orchestras in the area including the Battle Creek, Midland, and Dearborn Symphonies among others. She is currently also a member of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

She began teaching in 2002 in Marquette, MI where she taught the successful program "Exploration of Strings" through the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy she worked with many students as a practice supervisor at the Interlochen Arts Camp. While at Rice University, Allison completed the String Pedagogy course. Later that year she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship to the Brevard Music Center, where she led weekly sectionals and assisted with the high school orchestra rehearsals.  As an enthusiastic teacher, Allison maintains an active private studio in the areas of Ann Arbor, Saline, and Dexter, Michigan. She has taught all ages and styles of violin for 8 years and is a passionate performer of many genres. 

Fiddlers ReStrung is thrilled to have Allison leading their ensemble.  The students of Saline Area Schools also benefit as she has taken on teaching the Middle School and 6th Grade Fiddle Clubs.  Please help us in welcoming Allison Cregg to our Saline community and our rich fiddle heritage!