Mr. Edward Allison
Edward C. Allison is a native of Peachland, N.C.. He taught for over 30 years in the North Carolina public school system. He taught two years in the Watauga County schools, helping to start the orchestra program there, three years in Salisbury City Schools, and 25 years in the Shelby City School system. His orchestras earned many Superior ratings at state contest with his Shelby High School Orchestra receiving twenty superior ratings in Grade VI music. He also taught in an interim position in the New Hanover Public Schools.
He has been a guest conductor/clinician/adjudicator in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Mississippi. He is an active member of the NCMEA and has served three terms as Chairman of the NCMEA Orchestra Section. Mr. Allison was awarded the Time Warner Cable “Star Teacher Award” in 2002. He has taught at the Lamar Stringfield String Camp at Meredith College for several years in Raleigh. He has also taught at the “American String Workshop” at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In addition to his regular teaching duties he has hosted many All-States, Junior All-States, and contest.
Mr. Allison retired from the Shelby City Schools in 2004 and is currently an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University. His wife, Kathy, teaches private Suzuki and traditional violin and viola. They have two grown children and one granddaughter.
Mr. Allison is a bassist and has performed with the Roanoke Symphony in Roanoke, Va., and the Kingsport Symphony in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was appointed the principal bassist with the International Workshop Orchestra in Glasgow, Scotland in 1999, and he performed with the International Workshop Orchestra in Stavanger, Norway in 2001. He has studied conducting with Professor Robert Culver and Dr. LaRue Jones in Norway. Mr. Allison conducted the Charlotte Youth Symphony for three years and was a guest conductor with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the Young Artist winners.
Mr. Allison has a degree in Associate Science in Pre-Music from Wingate Junior College, now Wingate University, and a B.M.E. and M.M.E. from Appalachian State University in Boone.