Alison Ackley

Cello, SMMS cello, chamber music

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Alison Ackley earned her doctorate of musical arts in cello performance at Stony Brook University in 2021. Alison has performed with the Three Village Chamber Players, Stony Brook  Contemporary Chamber Players, Stony Brook Baroque Players, and the Emerson String Quartet.  She is also a vocalist, cellist, and assistant director of Taylor Ackley and the Deep Roots  Ensemble, a group that specializes in performing traditional American music in classical music settings. The Deep Roots Ensemble recently released their second album “Hard Tellin’” under  4Tay Records. Alison earned her B.M. at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the tutelage of Chicago Symphony cellist Richard Hirschl. She has attended many summer music festivals such as the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts Masterclass  Program, Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Madison Early Music Festival. In addition to performing, Alison maintains an active private studio, has taught musicianship at the Stony  Brook University Young Artist Program, and has coached chamber music through the Stony  Brook Community Music Program.