Columbia College Chicago

Meet the Faculty

Alison Tatum

Violin, Suzuki Violin

American violinist Alison Tatum hails from the Midwestern region of the United States and is currently based in Chicago. An active freelance perfomer, Alison is a founding member of the string quartet, Amethyst Ensemble, enjoys playing in musical theater pit orchestras, and appears regularly with the worship team at Covenant Presbyterian Church where she improvises in both classical and folk styles. In addition to her performing career, Alison regularly arranges music for performances by Amethyst Ensemble and Covenant Orchestra Ensemble and teaches music classes and private lessons at Chicago High School for the Arts, Sherwood Community Music School, and The Catherine Cook School. 

​Alison began her musical studies at a young age in her native Kansas City, Missouri. She holds a Performance Certificate and a Masters of Music degree from DePaul University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance and Music Theory from the University of Missouri in Columbia where she graduated summa cum laude. Her teachers include Dr. Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler, Eva Szekely, Edward Dolbashian, Leslie Perna, and Dr. Neil Minturn. 

Alison is a certified Suzuki Method Instructor and has also been trained in methods of traditional violin pedagogy.