about alison

Alison Young is a voice artist, flutist and long distance backpacker.
Alison Young is a professional speaker, voice artist, flutist and long distance backpacker.

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice, practice, practice!


As a professional flutist, Alison Young enjoyed a diverse music career as an orchestral principal, soloist and teacher performing on five continents including North America and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She has a knack for solo recitals with the Atlanta Constitution and Journal agreeing, calling her a recitalist of great poise and technical security, dazzling precision and virtuosic flair.

Before dystonia disrupted her playing career, she made the recording premiere of David Diamond’s flute concerto much to his delight. He said hers was some of the finest flute playing I have heard. Two years later, she toured Argentina, playing her own arrangements of Piazzolla tangos and other works, releasing a CD and finally publishing her arrangements through support from a Minnesota State Arts Initiative Grant in a book that takes its name from a newspaper review, A Little Tango in Her Blood, music for Flute and Piano from Argentina.

Alison Young was more of a cheerleader for music and musicians, as a mid-day DJ on Classical Minnesota Public Radio as well as American Public Media’s syndicated concert program, SymphonyCast, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and St. Olaf Christmas. And now coming full circle she identifies as a voice over artist, writer, professional speaker, and sometime-flutist.

An avid kayaker, rock climber, biker, skier and long-distance backpacker, she lives with her husband across the street from the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, Minnesota.