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Alison Lowell

Organization: Library of Congress
Title: Supervisory Copyright Specialist – Performing Arts Division, United States Copyright Office
Program Graduation: BM, ALP Certificate 2006
Musical Studies: Oboe
Musical Specialties: Chamber Music, Large Ensemble, New Music
Non-Musical Specialties: Business Owner, Law, Leadership
Quote: “My time with ALP was as important as the time spent in the practice room. I am continually amazed at how the program continues to grow and adapt for both current students and alumni.”


Alison Lowell is a passionate arts advocate. She currently serves as a Supervisory Copyright Specialist with the United States Copyright Office, Performing Arts Division, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Alison is a founding member and Artistic Director of District5, a wind quintet dedicated to new works and transcriptions. She is the Director of the Loboe Project, a platform to commission and promote works for the extended-range oboe. Previously, Alison served as Principal Oboist of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic in South Africa. Alison was also the Managing Director of Out of Context, a Los Angeles-based new music ensemble for six years. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, and the University of Maryland, where she earned her doctorate. Alison resides in Maryland with her husband, composer and fellow Eastman alumnus David Plylar, and her daughters Adelaide and Penelope.