Allison Mondel

Musician, philosopher, advocate, and mentor.

Forging new creative pathways and illuminating equitable opportunities for artists.

Allison received her Master of Music in Early Music Performance from The Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA). Some highlights of her performance career include artistic collaborations with Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks), the National Gallery of Art, Trinity College Dublin, and Washington National Cathedral, as well as being a featured musical guest at the Inaugural Prayer Service for President Obama. 

A specialist in the field of medieval music, she is an expert in the notation and interpretation of the music of visionary Saint Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), a primary influence on her artistic and scholarly work for over 25 years. She has offered lectures, workshops, and masterclasses on medieval music at Irish World Academy (Limerick, Ireland), the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Georgetown University, Williams College, and many more.

Allison is director and co-founder of award-winning Eya Medieval Music, featured on NPR and Voice of America radio, and appearing at various distinguished venues, colleges, universities, and concert series across the United States. Through her work as a teaching artist and ensemble leader, her focus has deepened from musical interpretation to personal transformation through intentional engagement with sacred music. 

Allison is deeply committed to accessibility in medieval music. She founded the Symphonia Series to offer free, high-quality online sheet music, and hosts a regular series of virtual “Community Sings” focused primarily on probing the well-known (but highly challenging) music of Hildegard von Bingen. 

She has spent many years as a voice teacher and coach, and over time developed a philosophy of the voice that is rooted in heart-centeredness, holistic embodiment, and personal wellness. Allison was eager to transcend the professional outlets, creative constraints, and personal wounds borne of her experience in Classical Music. She has spoken out on behalf of students and colleagues who suffered harm and mistreatment while studying and working in the field.

Raised in the Philadelphia area, Allison recently relocated to Metrowest Boston from Washington, DC. Following this move, she experienced a difficult break in her music career. During this time, she began to develop a new set of teachings on the creative process called Natura, as well as a new philosophy outlining a process of “creative individuation,” called The Pathway

Allison is soon to launch The Guild, a creative wisdom school and open-minded, adventurous artistic community, where she shares her teachings on the creative process and philosophy of The Pathway, and offers a safe haven for artists to learn, heal, and grow in radically new, unknown, and unexpected directions.

She is committed to empowering artists as an advocate and mentor, walking alongside her peers on the journey of envisioning and realizing an honest and viable creative vocation for anyone willing to make the attempt (!).

Allison believes we all possess a unique genius. And that with steadfast belief in our own potential, a willingness to transcend our limitations, and a whole lot of chutzpah, we can move mountains within ourselves to discover and realize our creative purpose, deep gladness, and prosperity as individuals, and as a collective.

Musician
Engaging with sacred music as a tool for radical personal transformation and healing.

Philospher
Understanding the ways in which we exercise the creative process in every facet of our lives.

Advocate
Revolutionizing the outdated structures in Classical Music which disempower artists of all stripes.

Mentor
Guiding creatives who want to radiate their artistic genius and personal truth into the wider world

An important note on the business side of things.

In addition to my roles as musician and arts professional, I have for some time assumed the title of entrepreneur. As such, my  personal business is my primary employer, and through the years I have spent much time and many resources in attempting to understand how to lead it well and wisely (with varying degrees of success!).

It is my sincere desire to manage all my affairs with integrity and decency (of course), and feel that it’s important to share the following information.

I am always seeking creative and beneficial ways to ideally meet the needs of my audience and clients through various kinds of offers to work together. Sometimes these are free, and sometimes they are paid, as this is part of my business model. 

That said, whenever I present any paid offers to you (whether through my website, email, or otherwise), I staunchly adhere to principles of non-coercive marketing. Which means that 1) I will never pressure you to buy a product or service from me, 2) I trust you to know your own heart and mind about what is best suited for you, and 3) we are both empowered to make the choice on whether to work together, if that is mutually beneficial.

I am not here to grasp at your business, track your cookies on Meta, or twist your arm into a choice. I am here to serve you in good faith, guide you as best as I am able, and use my business as a force for collective goodwill and empowerment. 

Some more personal details (if you’re interested).

I had always wanted to be an artist, but pressured myself to pursue a degree in astronomy. Once I heard the music of the Renaissance, I dove headlong into the world of performing early music. Once I heard the music of Hildegard, I diverted that stream into medieval music, and never looked back. 

I consider myself a mystic and devoted student of Divine Wisdom, or Sophia. That is, I walk a pathway of love, hopefully raising my consciousness, and try to remember to romance the sacred in the everyday. Some of the most influential teachers of my personal and spiritual development are Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, Caroline Myss, Tosha Silver, and Alice O. Howell. 

After 15 years in the Washington, DC region, I now live in beautiful Acton, Massachusetts with my husband, Richard, my gorgeous child, Adrian, and three very needy but lovable cats. I enjoy yoga and hiking, and just started learning Kung Fu, challenging myself to be physically and mentally strong (and a graceful beginner).

I love 80s music, lurking around libraries and museums, psychological and esoteric studies, nerdy movie references and Yiddish phrases, astronomy and astrology, Human Design and the Gene Keys, reading the Tarot, morning coffee, nature and wildlife (especially birds), puzzles (all kinds, but devout Wordler), dessert, and staring out the window.

Whatever it is I am doing, I’m ready to disrupt the ordinary, get creative, and have an adventure. (I’d love some good company!)

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