COVID admittance protocols are in place for all performances of the Louisville Orchestra. Mandatory masking for everyone age 2 and above. Either proof of COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours must be presented with a government issued ID or parent/guardian authorization for children age 5 and up. Antigen tests will be available at the door for those who arrive without the proofs.

Allison Olsen

Cellist Allison Olsen, occupying the Frances Shapire-Weitzenhoffer Chair, has been a member of the Louisville Orchestra since 2006. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Olsen studied music performance under Desmond Hoebig, Shirley Trepel , and Stephen Geber at Rice University, the University of Akron, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

In her free time, Ms. Olsen enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and visiting the zoo and park with her daughter. A musician of widely varied tastes, her favorite musical group is Sting and her favorite composers are Beethoven and Shostakovich because “They are the most fun to play!” In Ms. Olsen’s opinion, the most interesting aspect of being a musician is “[There’s] lots of variety — classics, pops, rock concerts, opera, ballet – [there is] always something different.” Her pieces of advice for young musicians are “1. Go to symphony concerts as often as you can 2. Remember you’re never too young to reach for your dreams.”