Tia Allen has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Metropolitan Museum, Royal Opera House of Muscat, and the Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo. As a freelance artist in New York City she has performed with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, The Eagles, Anderson Paak, Nas, Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus, Cynthia Erivo, Shobean, Halsey, Kygo, Dua Lipa, Michael Bolton, Frank Ocean, Bebe Winans, Seal, and Cee-Lo to name a few. Broadway performances include My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center theatre), Spongebob Squarepants (Palace theatre), An American in Paris (Palace theatre), and On the Town(Lyric theatre). She has made televised performances on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Law and Order: SVU, Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Wendy Williams Show as well as several appearances in major blockbuster films. Per request of Lorin Maazel she performed as principal violist at his Castleton Music Festival. Tia Began playing the viola under the tutelage of Alice Young, and Miles Hoffman in her hometown of Columbia, Maryland. She is a two time Geraldine Gee Competition winner from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she received her BM and MM in performance. After completing her studies in Cincinnati with Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Lees, she moved to New York City where she studied with Karen Dreyfus at Manhattan School of Music and received a Professional Studies certificate in Performance, and a Professional Graduate Diploma in the Orchestral Performance Program. With a passion for chamber music she is the founder, director, and violist of Diverse Concert Artists with contracted performances at the Kennedy Center and BAM featuring Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another). In addition, she performs with the Harlem Chamber players and the MUNY Program. As educator she teaches with the Harlem School for the Arts and has held an educational chamber music residency at the University of Iowa with Harlem Symphony Chamber Players and University of Massachusets, Lowell with Quatuor Mahogony.