Violinist Alison Tatum is an active performer and educator in the Chicago area. An avid chamber musician, Alison is a founding member of the string quartet, Amethyst Ensemble, and the mixed-instrumental ensemble, Amazonland Chamber Players. Alison can often be found in the pit orchestra at various musical theatre establishments around Chicago and appears regularly with the worship team at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she improvises in both classical and folk styles. In addition to her performing career, Alison regularly arranges music for performances by Amethyst Ensemble and Covenant Orchestra Ensemble, and teaches music classes and private lessons in her own private studio and at various music schools around the city. 

Alison began her musical studies at a young age in her native Kansas City, Missouri. She holds a Performance Certificate and a Masters of Music degree from DePaul University, and a Bachelors degree in Violin Performance and Music Theory from the University of Missouri in Columbia where she graduated summa cum laude. Her teachers include Dr. Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler, Eva Szekely, Edward Dolbashian, Leslie Perna, and Dr. Neil Minturn


When she is not playing or teaching the violin, Alison dabbles with viola and electric bass. She also enjoys cooking and baking, playing board games with friends, a variety of art projects, and spending as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors.

Alison is a certified Suzuki Method Instructor and has also been trained in methods of traditional violin pedagogy. In both teaching and playing, her mission is "To promote diversity and inclusion through music. To create social impact through the arts."