WHO IS ALLISON SEMMES?

Musical Beginnings

Allison grew up in a musical family: both of her grandmothers played organ in Chicago & Europe, her father played jazz flute & bongos, her mother sang, and eclectic collections of music were always playing in the house. She begin harmonizing with the vacuum cleaner at age 3 and her parents encouraged her to join her church choir, Kenwood Academy Concert Choir, and  Chicago Children's Choir, where she was a member from age 6-18.  Through the Chicago Children's Choir, Allison's musicality expanded as well as having a taste of performing  globally. 

Musical Studies

Allison received her B.M. at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana under the tutelage of Dr. Ollie Watts Davis as a coloratura concert soprano. The summer after she graduated, she worked at Six Flags Great America on the main stage in the production "ShowStoppin': A Music Revue". She got a taste of the energy to carry multiple shows a day and it fed her BROADWAY DREAMS. That fall, she moved to NYC, studied at NYU in their Musical Theatre program and received her Master's in Music (M.M) at Steinhardt. 

Performing as Her Profession

With multiple genres of music styles and a Bachelors & Master's of Music under her belt, she began auditioning in the Big Apple. She began performing in regional theaters: Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz , The Color Purple National Tour, Soul: The Stax Musical, OoBlaDee, Shout Sister, Little Shop of Horrors at the Kennedy Center. She finally graced the Broadway stage, first in the Hit Show "The Book of Mormon" and starred in "Motown the Musical" as Diana Ross in the Broadway National 1st & 2nd National Tour, then as the starring role on the return to Broadway!

She also  has performed at Jazz at the Lincoln Center in Kurt Elling's star studded Radio Jazz Noir Concert "The Big Blind" & Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life" in Toronto. 


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