A native of Rochester NY, Alison Wahl has been praised for her "appealing" and "bright, vibrant soprano" (Chicago Tribune). She has recently been seen as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Ithaca New Music Collective, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Festival, the Chicago Arts Orchestra, and the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. She created the role of Rosa in the world premiere of Eustasio Rosales's Andina, and performed as Clori in Haymarket Opera’s Clori, Tirsi, e Fileno and Pernille in VOX3’s Maskarade. In the 2015-16 season she sang as Pamina in Opera for the Young’s The Magic Flute. She has recently been seen as Elsie in Summer Savoyard's Yeomen of the Guard and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Off-Monroe Players. Alison has been a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Grant Park Chorus, and Music of the Baroque. She was a 2015 Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a 2012 Young Artist at the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival.
Alison was the second-place winner of the 2013 University of Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition. She won the Farwell-Trust Award in the Musicians Club of Women 2012 competition, and was awarded an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera’s National Competition. She has won the 2012 Northwestern University Concerto Competition, the 2011 Empire State Collegiate Competition, and the 2011 Chicago Council Student Auditions (NATS). In 2011 she was a soloist at the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project in Washington, D.C., and she was a Studio Artist with Opera North in 2010. A recipient of the Eric Edward Sundquist Prize and the Consulate General Prize for excellence in music composition and performance, as well as the Edward Poole Lay Fellowship and Eckstiein Scholarship, she holds a DMA and MM with Honors in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University and a BA summa cum laude in Music Composition and German Literature from Amherst College.
Alison is also a composer of classical music, and is an active singer-songwriter. Her folk repertoire includes songs for vocals and guitar, piano, harp, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele. She can be heard at events and open mic nights in the Ithaca and Rochester areas.
In the interest of centering Black voices and culture in our curriculum, the Ithaca College Voice Department is uplifting Black composers and musicians. We want to help expand and integrate the existing canon to include those whose rightful place has been denied in the classical repertoire (opera, art song, spiritual) and the contemporary-commercial music repertoire (non-classical music, including but not limited to jazz, pop, blues, spirituals, soul, gospel, folk, rock, Black Broadway).