Nancy Allison, Music
As a toddler, stretching up to reach the piano keys while her mother practiced hymns are Nancy Allison’s earliest childhood memories. Quickly after came weekly piano lessons, choir practice, and studying the trumpet. Music was embedded into the daily whirlwind of activities and firmly entrenched as a vehicle of expression during her teenage years.
Nancy Allison earned an Honours Bachelor of Music with First Class Distinction and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She had the distinct privilege of studying piano under the tutelage of Tom Davidson. While at Queen’s, Nancy was involved in numerous instrumental and choral ensembles, competed in Track and Field as a sprint hurdler and sprint relay member, and played trumpet in the Queen’s Bands. She spent her summers working as a military musician/interpreter at historic Fort Henry, earning the distinction of ‘first female Drum Major’.
Nancy’s practice teaching in Kelso, Scotland, instilled a love of international education and her career path took her to Monterrey, Mexico, to teach at the prestigious American School Foundation of Monterrey. After three years abroad, she returned to Durham Region to teach and conduct at O’Neill CVI’s illustrious performing arts program. Nancy continues to make both sport and the arts a priority in her life, in addition to directing music ensembles and sharing the love of music with her students.