The Kennedy Center

Allyson Goodman


Praised for the “fine sensitivity in her solos” by Chicago Classical Review, Allyson Goodman enjoys a varied and vibrant career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Appointed principal violist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra/Washington National Opera in 2014, Allyson also performs regularly in venues throughout the D.C. area such as the Phillips Collection, the National Cathedral, and The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

Winning the Gold and Grand Prizes at the 2013 Young Texas Artists Music Competition, Allyson has also been a prizewinner at the Irving M. Klein International Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs competition, and the Musicians Club of Women Competition, amongst others. She has performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony, the Allen Philharmonic, and the Conroe Symphony, and has performed with the Miró Quartet and members of the Cavani and Cleveland Quartets.

Allyson was a fellow at the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Institute and the Tanglewood Music Center and was previously a section violist in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. Her primary teachers include renowned pedagogue Roland Vamos and James Dunham of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet. After completing her studies, Allyson spent one year as a viola fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Allyson spends her summers performing at The Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, and the Caroga Lake Music Festival in upstate New York. This summer she will also be joining the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. When she’s not playing the viola, Allyson enjoys catching as many shows at the Kennedy Center as possible and exploring Washington D.C. on her bicycle with her husband, violinist Derek Powell.

Watch Past Performances

Video 1/17/2019: Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra present Brahms sonatas and songs.

Brahms Sonata in F minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 1
Brahms Sonata in E flat Major for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120 No. 2
Brahms "Geistliches Wiegenlied" for Alto, Viola and Piano, op. 91 No. 2

Allyson Goodman, Viola
David Jones, Clarinet
Natalia Kazaryan, Piano
Eliza Bonet, Voice


Allyson Goodman