Meet Your DE Music Instructors

Allison Marquez
Allison Marquez is a Visalia native that has called many different places “Home” over the last eight years. Allison grew up in Visalia, and graduated from Golden West high school, where she fostered her love for singing and dancing. She attended Chapman University in Orange County and studied under Dr. Kristina Driskill where she received her Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. She studied the classical technique as her speciality, however, she also focused on being a versatile singer and kept up with various styles such as musical theater, pop, R&B, and jazz. During her time in Orange County, Allison taught private voice and piano lessons at Orange County Music Academy. Upon graduating in 2015, she booked her first professional job as an actress with Universal Studios Japan as a face character. After performing for a year in Japan, Allison returned to the audition room and landed a Production Vocalist position with Celebrity Cruise Lines. Allison is passionate about sharing her experiences with students of all ages. Her goal is to ignite the same desire and drive in students from the Central Valley that was ignited in her over 18 years ago. She also hopes to create a safe and positive environment where students can explore their creativity and hone their skill set.

Daniel Townsend
Daniel graduated from the Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State in May 2017, where he studied music composition as well as voice and opera. Since then, he has worked as a 2nd grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary and music director for the drama program at Green Acres Middle School. He was also part of the music ministry for the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish of Visalia from 2017 to 2019, where he regularly cantored and played the piano. He has performed in nearly 40 musical theatre and opera productions through Tulare County Office of Education, Green Acres Middle School, Redwood High School, and Fresno State, most notably as Lord Farquaad in TCOE’s “Shrek: The Musical” in 2013. He has also been involved in 3 cabaret productions with the Visalia Players at the Ice House Theatre, one of which he directed, and a staged reading of “Rock of Ages” with Fourth Wall Theatre Company last summer. He is also in demand as a collaborative pianist for various musical theatre productions, having played in the orchestra pit for Tulare County Office of Education, Golden West High School, and Selma Arts Center.




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