Virginia Allen is a conductor, music educator,
arranger, and consultant in Philadelphia. She is an adjunct faculty member at The Juilliard School, where she also served
as the Associate Dean for Administration, the Assistant Dean for Orchestral Studies, and the founding Artistic Director of
the Conducting Workshop for Music Educators. At Juilliard, she currently teaches The Art of Teaching in the Music
Studio and previously taught conducting, co-founded and conducted The Juilliard Trombone Choir, and served as Executive
Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies.
Virginia taught conducting at The Curtis Institute of Music and University of the Arts in Philadelphia and at Teachers College,
Columbia University in New York City. She continues to teach conducting lessons in her studio and online and is Artistic Director
Emerita of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony. She also served as Artistic Director of the Sun Valley Summer Music Workshops in Idaho, where she founded and conducted
the Sun Valley Youth Orchestra.
Prior to teaching on the college level, Virginia enjoyed a 20-year career as a conductor and administrator in the
U.S. Army Bands Program and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. As a pioneer for
women in military bands she was the first woman to command and conduct an active duty military band that integrated women
and men when she was appointed principal conductor of the U.S. Army Forces Command Band in Atlanta. As the Associate Conductor
of The U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, she was the first woman conductor of that historic organization, as well
as the Cadet Glee Club and Cadet Band. She also performed on stages from the Hollywood Bowl to Europe as the first woman conductor
of the Army's premier touring ensembles from Washington, D.C., The U.S. Army Field Band and The Soldiers' Chorus. Her military
career included an assignment as the Department of the Army Staff Bands Officer in Washington, D.C., where she managed over
100 Army bands and band activities worldwide.
frequently guest conducts, adjudicates and teaches master classes in the U.S. and internationally. She conducted Joseph Alessi,
Principal Trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, and The Juilliard Trombone Choir on a compact disc recording released by
the International Trombone Association in 1999 and now available as Beyond the End of the Century through Summit
Records. Virginia collaborated with Mr. Alessi again another Summit recording, Trombonastics.
As a composer and arranger, her music has been premiered,
performed and recorded by members of the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Washington
Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, The Juilliard Trombone Choir,
The U.S. Army Band, The U.S. Army Field Band, and The U.S. Military Academy Band. Her music is published by Carl Fischer,
Theodore Presser, Keyboard Percussion Publications, Alessi Publications, Southern Music, Ludwig Music, and TRN Music. A member
of ASCAP, she is a former board member for the Conductors Guild and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
Virginia studied French horn and conducting and earned a Bachelor of Music Education
degree and a Master of Music degree in Performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and a Diploma
in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary. She earned a Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of Music at Teachers
College, Columbia University in New York City, where her dissertation topic was Developing Expertise in Professional American
Orchestra Conductors. Virginia also completed an internship in Performance Activities at Juilliard.
Virginia was married to Otto-Werner Mueller until his death in 2016. She is the curator of his extensive collection of orchestra
scores and parts and is researching his life and work.