Alyson Whelan graduated from New York University (New York, New York) with a MA degree in violin performance. She graduated with a 3.9 GPA in a year and a half. She completed her long term Master's Level Suzuki Certification from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY). At the same time she graduated with a BA and BS in Music Performance and Music Education graduating cum laude. She studied with Sheryl Staples, Neil Weintrob, Susan Waterbury, Linda Case and Sandford Reuning.
A "Suzuki kid" herself she began violin instruction at the age of four with Joanne Thibadeau from Ithaca Talent Education. As she continued to study she quickly advanced and began touring internationally with the Ithaca Talent Education's Advanced Violin Tour Ensemble under Sandy Reuning by the age of 12. She regularly attended Ithaca College's Suzuki Summer Programs as a Suzuki student and then as a chamber music student. Alyson was given the opportunity to travel to Japan in order to perform for Dr. Suzuki one year before his death in 1997. Since then, she has performed extensively on the international scene as a soloist and orchestral musician.
Alyson has vast experience as a teacher. She began instruction as a 'practice helper' at the age of 13 and has taught in numerous locations over the years. She has taught in public schools, after school programs, privately, group classes, chamber and orchestral music. Some places she has taught include: Ithaca Talent Education, Skaneateles Middle and High School, The Hudson School, Queens College, Montclair State University, the Waldorf School, Westerhoff School of Music and Art and is currently also teaching at the Pingry School.
Not only is Alyson an energetic teacher, she is an energetic performer as well. She performs for groups such as The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, The Plainfield Symphony, Albany Symphony, Gateway Classical Musical Society, Bergen Symphonia Orchestra, Celtic Woman and Celtic Thunder as well as many others. She also enjoys performing as a chamber musician as well as a soloist. She had her solo debut performing Rondo Capricciosso by Camille Saint-Saens in Salzburg and Vienna Austria. She was a finalist with the Ralph Waldo Emerson Violin Concerto Competition in 2017 and is the recipient of the St. Peter's Arts Academy's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.
Upon moving to Long Valley, NJ she teaches at her Suzuki School, Long Valley Talent Education LLC and the Pingry School while maintaining an active freelance performance career.