Brett Allen plays Assistant Principal Viola for the Columbus Symphony. He has been a member of the orchestra since 1991. Allen is originally from New Jersey where he began studying violin at age 8. He has degrees from Boston University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Early in his career Allen played with the USAF Strolling Strings stationed in Washington, DC. During this time he entertained at the White House, State Department, and Chief of Staff residences and toured worldwide. Prior to arriving in Columbus, Allen was Principal Viola with the Hamilton Philharmonic of Ontario, and Ass’t Principal with the Sacramento Symphony. Mr. Allen is a published composer. His works can be found in the catalogues of Oxford University Press and Berbèn of Italy.