Dr. Alison d'Amato is passionately engaged as performer and teacher in the full spectrum of collaborative musical genres, particularly skilled in song, theatre, and text-based genres. A valued colleague and innovative mentor, she is Artistic Co-Director of Florestan Recital Project, Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching at Eastman School of Music, Program co-Director of Art song Lab, and Full-time Lecturer at University at Buffalo. In 2017, she joined the faculty of ArtsBridge Summer, which prepares rising high school seniors for college/conservatory performance programs. In all these activities, Dr. d’Amato is dedicated to energizing the relationships and communication inherent in music and bringing students’ love for their work to the forefront of their projects.
Alison is committed to developing projects that explore interdisciplinary collaborations and new approaches to the performer-audience relationship. Since 2003, her work with Florestan Recital Project has engaged audiences and artists in a broad spectrum of song collaborations through performances, recordings, and mentoring. This includes several programs in Florestan’s series “Composers in Words and Song,” audio-biographical programs with songs and read correspondence from the composer’s life.
In 2011, she co-created the Art Song Lab (www.artsonglab.com), a program that facilitates creative interaction between writers, composers, and performers from around the world to advance the genre of contemporary art song. In 2020, Alison began touring a unique mentoring residency project, using Robert Schumann’s Myrthen as an intensive German Lied ensemble project for undergraduates. From 2007-2015, she was a Founding Faculty member of Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI), a summer program for innovative performance and interdisciplinary study.
Alison has been active as Music Director of several productions in WNY, including Starring Buffalo’s 2019 production of Little Shop of Horrors. She is also a frequent guest artist and mentor. Alison has been a guest artist at The AmBul Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria), SOURCE Song Festival, Boston Conservatory, Concordia University (MN), Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, SUNY Fredonia, and Dickinson College. In addition to traditional masterclasses in collaborative repertoire, Alison has shared classes with colleagues in Humanities, musicology, poetry, composition, and performance disciplines. Recent recording projects include The Complete Songs of Virgil Thomson (New World Records), David Liptak’s Dove Songs with soprano Tony Arnold (New Focus Recordings), and Music for Violin and Piano by Joseph Achron with violinist Michael Ludwig (Naxos).