Oboist Mika Allison is a Chicago-based performer, music educator, and arts administrator with a focus on collaboration and community. Mika has performed with ensembles throughout the United States, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and Regali Winds. She currently holds positions in the West Michigan Symphony and the Texas Bach Festival. Mika is a founding member of 5th Wave Collective, an ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of female composers. As a music educator, Ms. Allison has worked with students in a variety of settings, including with the Illinois Summer Youth Music’s Oboe and Bassoon Pre-College camp in Urbana, Illinois and the Eastern Music Camp at Eastern Illinois University, and maintains a private oboe studio in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, she is a teaching artist with Ravinia Festival’s Sistema Ravinia program in Waukegan, IL. Mika attended DePaul University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Texas State University studying with Grace Hong, John Dee, and Ian Davidson.