"Your group was AMAZING!  I now wish I had them for more than an hour.  They were wonderful to listen to, had fantastic personalities and even got my goofiness when I stopped in the aisle to make sure I heard more of their song before the ceremony began.  Thank you!"
~Krista, April 2014
"Thank you for such a spectacular opportunity.  The children are writing you thank you notes.  They were so impressed!"  
~ Corl St. Elementary School, 2014
  
"Thank you so much for the beautiful concert tonight! "
~Priscilla, Foxdale Village, 2014
Allegria Ensemble
     814-237-0979  allegriaensemble@comcast.net
   

A group of friendly professional musicians based in State College, Pennsylvania who perform in concert and for weddings and other events.  

  • The Allegria String Quartet, our newest addition!
  • The Allegria Trio of flute, violin, and cello
  • Mix and Match combinations of our many instruments

 

IN CONCERT
We perform a variety of styles that range from baroque to contemporary music, enjoy collaborating with living composers, and create our own arrangements. We perform in concert in central Pennsylvania.  Come hear us in person!

Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Unitarian Fellowship in State College, PA

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Bellefonte Library, Bellefonte, PA

WEDDING CEREMONY and EVENT MUSIC
We offer wedding ceremony music, cocktail receptions, banquets, private parties, and memorials.
We play all the standards, light classical, opera themes, and arrangements of popular tunes in our repertoireOur FAQs will help you choose music and musicians to hire.  You can also hear samples of our music.  If you have questions, please contact us!

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

We present a program called "How to Hear Classical Music: What to Know to Enjoy the Show" by at schools, libraries, and community centers.  New audiences explore the unique features in a variety of musical styles in an intimate setting.  In May 2014 we performed at five Centre County elementary schools.  If you have five minutes, watch this video to see how we interact with students and perform a most unusual Waltz by Peter Schickele.




THE PERFORMERS

Cat
hy Collinge Herrera, Flute, holds both a D.M. degree in Performance and World Music Certificate from Florida State University. She currently teaches at Juniata College and privately in her home studio.  She is a Rostered Artist for the PA Council on the Arts with Galaxy Arts in Education. She performs with the Nittany Valley and Altoona Symphonies, Music at Penns Woods, Camerata Amistad, and From the Heart duo.

Debbie Trudeau,
Violin, received her M.M. in Performance from New England Conservatory after studies with Dorothy DeLay.  She
performs regularly with the Williamsport Symphony, Music at Penn's Woods, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and the Nittany Valley Symphony.  She currently teaches private students on both violin and viola. As a Teaching Artist, she enjoys the opportunity to explore the intersections of music with other topics.

Jonathan Dexter, Cello, received performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and University of Texas at Austin.  Although classically trained, his professional work runs the gamut of styles and activities. Jonathan produced strings for the 2011-2013 seasons of NBC’s Smash and composed the original score to the short film Recess, seen at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.  He performs with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, the Williamsport Symphony, Music at Penn's Woods and the Nittany Valley Symphony when he is not rocking out with his band, or immersed in recording projects.

Diane Gold Toulson, Piano and Flute, is well known to Central Pennsylvania audiences as principal flute of the Nittany Valley, York, and Altoona Symphonies.  Diane is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University. As a pianist, she has performed at the Cullowee Music Festival in North Carolina and with the Huntingdon Trio in Philadelphia. She is currently active in the Flute/Clarinet Duos Consortium commissioning new works for flute, clarinet and piano. She teaches both flute and piano at The Music Academy in State College, PA.

Robyn Dixon Costa, Oboe and English Horn, plays with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, Music at Penn's Woods, and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. She teaches in the music departments of Penn State University, Bloomsburg University, and Juniata College. Robyn holds a B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, an M.M. from Temple University, and a D.M.A. from Ohio State University. In addition to her musical endeavors, she is a teacher trainee at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique.

Sally Williams Minnich, Violin, earned Bachelor degrees in violin performance and composition, and a Master's in performance at Bowling Green State University.  She completed another Master's degree at Penn State in Music Education.  She is the Creative Director of the State College Suzuki Program and is working developing a method for public school string education. Sally performs with the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and Music at Penn's Woods in addition to her work with husband Mark as the Revamped Duo.


Mark Minnich, Violin, holds a B.M. from Bowling Green State University and a M.M. from Penn State, where he is pursuing another Master's degree in Music Theory and History.  He performs with his wife, Sally Minnich, as theRevamped Duo, and is a member of the Altoona Symphony, the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and Music at Penn's Woods.  He teaches with the State College Suzuki Program.