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TrailblazHers: Allison Sanders

Allison Sanders  Opera Singer and Adjunct Professor at Miles College

Birmingham native, Allison Sanders, studied at the Curtis Institute of Music where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music.

While studying she performed roles such as Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Elettra (Idomeneo), Marguerite (Faust), and Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra). She also performed numerous roles with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, some of which include, Giovanna (Rigoletto), Clotilde (Norma), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), and Flora (La Traviata). She performed the title role in Joplin’s Treemonisha with New York City Opera and performed in The Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Opera Memphis. 

Recently, Allison performed the role of Ruth (Pirates of Penzance) with Opera Birmingham. She has performed numerous orchestral works with The Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, The Chautauqua Orchestra, and the Alabama Symphony. She recently performed as a soloist at the closing ceremony of the World Games and performed three sold-out shows of a one woman opera called Driving while Black at Red Mountain Theater. 

Allison works as an adjunct professor at Miles College and Samford University teaching voice. She is also the music teacher at Cornerstone Elementary and the Children’s Choir Director at Mountain Brook Presbyterian Church. The greatest joy of her life is being a mother to her handsome 5-year-old son, Noah.

Best Advice:The best advice I was ever given was to not be afraid to take up space. I matter. My gift matters. 

Greatest Influence: My mom has been the biggest influence in my life. She has always been there to support me and push me in every aspect of my life. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her steadfastness.

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