Assistant Principal Viola
Brett Allen is Assistant Principal Viola of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 1991. Allen is originally from New Jersey as many of his ancestors were early pioneers in the region. He began studying violin at age 8. Allen earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Boston University and an Artist’s Diploma in Viola from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
As a former member of the United States Air Force Strolling Strings of Washington, D.C., Allen entertained at the White House, Department of State, and Chief of Staff residences. During that time, he toured the nations of Europe and the eastern Pacific and participated in recording projects for the Department of Defense.
Prior to arriving in Columbus, Allen was Principal Viola of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada and Assistant Principal Viola of the Sacramento Symphony. He has substituted and recorded with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa and substituted and toured with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Allen is a published composer and arranger. His works are available at Oxford University Press, Berben, Watchfire Music, and Sheet Music Plus. Allen is a licensed foster parent in the State of Ohio.