A pursuit of artistic excellence, creative intelligence, and personal truth.
Redefining a career in the arts as a multi-faceted artist and multi-passionate person.
“Mondel sang with a spare, otherworldly radiance… a performance from across the centuries, full of distant and irresistible beauties.”
The Washington Post
Vocalist, Teaching Artist, Ensemble Leader, Editor
Allison received her M.M. in Early Music 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, the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Georgetown University, Williams College, and many more.
She is the 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 and high-quality online sheet music, and began a regular series of virtual community sings focused primarily on probing the well-known (but highly challenging) music of Hildegard von Bingen.
Online trove of video content of medieval music performances and teaching.
Free online sheet music library of the songs of Hildegard von Bingen.
Online courses dedicated to interpreting and uncovering Hildegard’s songs.
Eya Medieval Music
Ensemble specializing in medieval music for women’s voices.
The Sacred Voice Philosophy
After many years as a voice professional, both as performer and singing teacher, I encountered some sincere challenges in relating to my voice. I witnessed many of my students and colleagues struggle with similar issues and insecurities time and time again.
I constantly wondered why I was struggling so much with my voice, how inconsistently it “functioned,” and why I felt so self-conscious about how it was received by others.
So I leaned into the problem. And through deep inquiry, perseverance, and much experimentation, I began to shift into an “inside-out” approach, and blew the top off of what I had ever previously known or experienced. I began to reframe the way in which I used my voice mentally, physically, and artistically.
What I understood was that, like so many other things we are conditioned to do, I had to dismantle the way in which I approached my singing from the “outside-in.” That is, I realized had been sincerely struggling against the external demands of a mentally-constructed vocal technique (ingrained from age 14).
I began to heal the wounds which surrounded my voice, and observed a radical liberation from the stories of self-limitation and unworthiness around my voice and singing. This shift opened new doors to what was possibly not just emotionally, but artistically, spiritually, and physically as well.
I began to teach my philosophy within my studio, and am joyful and proud of the ways in which my students began to expand and evolve both musically and personally.
One of the greatest fruits of this time spent in deep examination of the voice is that freedom from the mental traps which constrain our self-expression, and their detrimental affects upon the physical embodiment of the voice. Because at the end of the day, singing is not about constrained perfection for the sake of the critical listener. It’s about sharing love rooted in personal truth. It’s about cultivating beauty stemming from our deep gladness. And it’s most definitely about cultivating oneness through our intentional creative acts.