Alison D’Amato, PhD is Artistic Co-Director of Florestan Recital Project and co-founder of the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI). In 2011, she co-created the Art Song Lab, a partnership between VISI and the Canadian Music Centre which presents new works in collaboration with composers, poets, and audiences. Alison has been a guest artist at The AmBul Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria), SOURCE Song Festival, Boston Conservatory, Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, SUNY Fredonia, and Dickinson College. In addition to traditional masterclasses in collaborative repertoire, in 2011, she joined the faculty at Eastman School of Music as Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching. Recent recording projects include the 2014 Naxos release of Music for Violin and Piano by Joseph Achron with violinist Michael Ludwig, and an ongoing project of Early Songs of Samuel Barber (Florestan Records).Alison received the Grace B. Jackson Prize from Tanglewood Music Center acknowledging her ‘extraordinary commitment of talent and energy.’ Alison attended Oberlin College and Conservatory, and earned a double Master of Music degree in solo and collaborative piano from Cleveland Institute of Music. In May 2007, she received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from New England Conservatory of Music.