About Allie Summers
A native of North Vernon, Indiana, Allie has spent over two decades working as an arts professional. Her career began at the tender age of nine, when she first joined her father Mike onstage as part of the "family band". This exposure quickly developed into a lifelong love affair with the stage, leading Allie to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance at Butler University.
After graduating in 2011, she relocated to Nashville to strengthen her foothold in the music industry. She served as the house fiddle player for Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge for five years while recording, touring, and collaborating with artists from around the country. After launching her first self-produced album in 2015 with a successful Kickstarter campaign to support it, she realized her hidden talent as a fundraiser. To further explore this interest, she decided to build out her skill set and return to academia.
Allie was accepted into Indiana University's prestigious O'Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) - one of the leading arts management graduate programs in the country. During her time at IU, Allie deepened her studies around cultural policy, creative placemaking, and fund development. She served as Development Assistant for the WonderLab Museum in Bloomington and Public Art Intern for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, all while responding to the growing demands of her music career. Upon graduation, she decided to shift her home base from Nashville to Louisville, Kentucky.
Leveraging her unique assets as both an artist and an administrator, Allie has provided marketing and fundraising support to institutions such as the Frazier Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Green Hill Therapy, and (as of August 2019) currently serves as the Director of Development and Marketing at Commonwealth Theatre Center. Her career as a violinist, cellist, and vocalist have also continued to flourish, taking her across the world with artists such as Carrie Newcomer, Michael Bublé, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Allie currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her many houseplants and her beloved cat, Claude. She is happily engaged to Dutch-American violinist Diederik van Wassenaer (the other half of "Allie & Deets") and will continue to offer her creative services in the United States and Europe from her new home in The Netherlands.
To learn more about Allie's skill set and determine whether her services are a good fit for your needs, please set up a consultation through the Contact page.