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Alyssa Allgood

Adjunct Lecturer, Director of Vocal Jazz Ensemble

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Courses Taught

  • MUS 150: Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 312: Jazz Arranging


Master of Music in Jazz Studies, DePaul University


Alyssa Allgood is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist, bandleader, educator, composer, and arranger who has been described as “assured and daring” by DownBeat Magazine and a “model of sophisticated song interpretation” by the Chicago Tribune. She brings a modern flair to the jazz tradition with her engaging arrangements, infectious swing feel, and lyrical focus of self-love and human connection.

As a performer, Allgood has appeared at such distinguished venues as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Club in Shanghai, Birdland Jazz Club, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Green Mill, and the Jazz Showcase. She won the Inaugural Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Voice Competition (2017) and the David Baker Memorial Scholarship through the Jazz Education Network (2022). She was also named Best Jazz Entertainer in the Chicago Music Awards (2019), a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Jazz Improvisation Fellow (2016), and a Semifinalist in the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition (2015), where she performed for a jury presided by jazz legend Al Jarreau.

Allgood is a passionate educator who empowers her students to learn with intention and curiosity while building community through the jazz artform. She is a highly sought-after clinician and has presented masterclasses at many esteemed institutions including the Jazz Education Network Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, Anchor Music’s Vocal Jazz Academy,, the University of Chicago and Drake University. She has previously taught at Elmhurst University, Merit School of Music and Neuqua Valley High School.

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