Dr. Allegra Martin serves as the Interim Director of Music at First Unitarian Worcester, the Music Director of Convivium Musicum, and teaches conducting at Berklee School of Music. Previous positions have included Director of College Choirs and Interim Orchestra Director at the College of the Holy Cross, Director of Music at First Parish Cohasset, Artistic Director of the Cantilena Women’s Chorale, and Chorus Director at Lasell College. Allegra holds degrees from Williams College and Westminster Choir College, and a doctorate from the University of Illinois. At the University of Illinois, she founded and conducted the University Mixed Chorus. Her research specialty is the choral music of Margaret Bonds. She has presented on Margaret Bonds and on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the choral canon at ACDA Northeastern, NCCO, and the Oxford Conducting Institute.
Allegra is also an active professional singer and was one of the founders of Anthology, a women’s vocal quartet that performed in the greater Boston area for six years and commissioned 22 works of new music in that time. She currently sings with the Schola Cantorum of Boston and in the past has sung with such ensembles as Cappella Clausura and the Video Game Orchestra. While at the University of Illinois, she performed Julia Wolfe’s award-winning Anthracite Fields with Bang on a Can and Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. While at Westminster, she sang with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as in opera productions at the U.S. Spoleto Festival.