Applied Lesson Instructor, Clarinet
Sierra Allen is a freelance clarinetist and educator in Los Angeles. Some of her projects in the Hollywood Studio Orchestras include principal clarinet on The Call of the Wild, Encanto, and The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild. Sierra has performed with a variety of orchestras in and around the LA area, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, New West Symphony, and Muse/ique. She has also performed in Washington with the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Sierra received her BM in Music Education at Biola University and MM in Clarinet Performance at California State University, Fullerton. She received her DMA in Clarinet Performance at UCLA and published her dissertation on E-flat and bass clarinet doubling in orchestral and chamber music in June 2022. She is passionate about teaching both auxiliary clarinets. While at UCLA, Sierra worked as a Graduate Research Mentorship recipient during her dissertation year and was the teaching assistant for the woodwind chamber music course for two years. She believes in teaching the clarinet as a physical and mental endeavor, encouraging students to find their own positive ways to think through their performances. She enjoys teaching at Biola University, Concordia University Irvine, and privately. Sierra maintains a healthy studio of in-person and online clarinet and saxophone students from multiple states. Her mentors include Ray Guyll, Joshua Ranz, and Boris Allakhverdyan.