A native Texan, Dr. Allyson Royal began her viola studies within the Mesquite ISD public school system at twelve years old. She decided to further pursue her studies in viola and began taking private lessons for the first time at the ripe age of seventeen, which is considered considerably late in the string world. But within a few months, she was able to prepare for college auditions and have success.
Dr. Royal completed her Bachelor of Music (Education) degree from Sam Houston State University where she studied under Dr. Lisa Burrell, Dr. Alicia Valoti, and Professor Rene Salazar. In 2007, the Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra had the privilege to travel across China performing over a span of two weeks in the cities of Bejiing, Xi’an and Shanghai and in 2010 toured with Orchestra in Puerto Rico. During her time at Sam Houston State University, Dr. Royal served as principal violist from August 2009-Decmber 2010 and served as a substitute player with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Royal received her Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from The Florida State University where she studied viola performance under the tutelage Dr. Pamela Ryan. Dr. Royal served as graduate assistant at Florida State which entailed teaching undergraduate viola students, performing in a variety of chamber recitals, performing with the University Symphony Orchestra, and the opportunity to occasionally instruct the viola repertory class. While working on her Doctorate, Dr. Royal completed the Specialized Studies Program in Music Education and Leadership. This program was an 18-credit hour track which included Education and Arts Administration courses.
Dr. Royal currently performs with The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, The Northwest Florida Ballet Orchestra, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, and the Panama City Pops Orchestra. She has served as a substitute player with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra.
As an educator, Dr. Royal teaches violin and viola lessons at Mason’s School of Music and Making Light Productions in Tallahassee, Florida and instructs a handful of students privately as she continues to pursue building her own private studio. She currently serves as the viola coach, small ensemble coordinator and community engagement coordinator for the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra. During her time in Texas, Dr. Royal worked with The Conroe Youth Orchestra, The Huntsville Youth Orchestra, and taught privately throughout the Northern Houston area. Even though her latter degrees are in performance, it is imperative to Dr. Royal to continue spreading her love, passion, and appreciation for music among the younger generation.