Adjunct Faculty

South Carolina native Dr. Allison McSwain is the trumpet instructor for Spartanburg District 5 and a freelance musician in the South Carolina upstate. She serves as principal solo cornet with the Foothills Brass Band, and performs with the Palmetto Concert Band and Upstate Symphonic Winds. She was principal trumpet of the Henderson (Nevada) Symphony Orchestra 2012-2022 and has performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Las Vegas Sinfonietta, UNLV Faculty Brass Quintet, and Portable Masterpieces. Allison is a founding member of Argentum Chamber Works.


Allison also worked in higher education administration as an academic advisor, freshman seminar instructor, admissions coordinator, and academic success coach for over a decade.


Allison’s primary teachers include Dr. Gary Malvern, Larry Black, Steven Trinkle, Justin Emerich, and Dr. Barbara Hull. She holds an MM in Trumpet Performance and a DMA in Applied Trumpet, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a trumpet instructor, she guides students in developing the skills to make sound independent musical decisions while enjoying the process of music-making.