The San Antonio Express-News described her solo performance of Britten’s Lachrymae as “delicate and compelling…with poise, technical security, and in-the-groove freedom.” Of the Ginastera Variaciones concertantes the Express-News said “Top marks go to Allyson Dawkins for a spitfire performance in her demanding solo.”
Ms. Dawkins is on the faculty of Trinity University and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is highly sought after and widely respected as a private teacher. During the summer she serves as Dean of Students, teaches viola, and coaches chamber music at the Quartet Program at State University of New York at Fredonia. She is co-author, with Charles Castleman, of a technical instruction book for both viola and violin titled Fingerboard Memory. She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Victoria Bach Festival, and as Principal Violist of the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin and the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon. She is currently a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Dawkins received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York at Purchase, and a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Strongly committed to community service, Ms. Dawkins is director of the San Antonio Symphony Caroling Project, a program that takes musicians to area hospitals, hospices, correctional institutions, and shelters during the December holiday season.