Allison Bloom is a musicologist, writer, and educator. Currently a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, her musicological work focuses on French music of the late nineteenth century, as well as issues related to voice and singing. She studied vocal performance and poetry as an undergraduate at UW–Madison, and has taught a wide variety of courses, including preschool music and movement, fairy tale literature, Intro to Opera and Symphony, and Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience. She frequently reviews books related to her interests in musicology. She won the Thomas Hampson Award for Research in Classical Song from the American Musicological Society in 2012, for her dissertation research on the mélodies of Debussy and Fauré, which she used to travel to the Morgan Library Archives in early 2014. In addition to her dissertation, she is currently working on writing projects on poetry and voice theory.
Allison’s work experience includes several positions in nonprofit arts administration, and at the UW’s Center for Jewish Studies. Years of learning and teaching a wide variety of topics in workshops, studios, and online, combined with her work in course design for an Educational Innovation grant and her advocacy for public Montessori education, give her a unique perspective on education in nontraditional environments. She serves as the volunteer/fundraising coordinator for Isthmus Montessori Academy.