Allyson Goodman


Praised for “fine sensitivity in her solos” by Chicago Classical Review, Allyson Goodman enjoys a varied and vibrant career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Recently appointed principal violist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Allyson also performs regularly in venues throughout the D.C. area such as the Phillips Collection, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and Dumbarton Church.

Allyson has won top prizes in many competitions, including the Young Texas Artists Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and the Klein International Competition.  Before her move to the D.C. area, Allyson spent one year in Miami Beach as a viola fellow with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Her primary teachers include renowned pedagogue Roland Vamos and James Dunham of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet. She spends her summers performing at the Artosphere Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Caroga Lake Music Festival. When she’s not playing the viola, Allyson enjoys exploring Washington, D.C., on her bicycle.