Allyssa Jones (M.M. Music Education, Northern Illinois University) is a nationally recognized DEIA facilitator whose collaborators include the NYCDOE Music Department and Boston Public Schools (BPS) Visual & Performing Arts Department. A recipient of a Surdna Fellowship for her creative work, Allyssa’s credits include five solo recordings, two original musicals and compositions for numerous theatrical productions. As a former K-12 music supervisor and the current Director of Vocal Ensembles at University of South Florida, Allyssa founded Rising Tide Music Press in direct response to the needs of BBIA music makers from K-12 through early professional. She is an active member of NAfME/FMEA, ACDA, NCCA, Chorus America, JEN, and AAJC, and serves as a clinician for Carter’s Jazz Clinics and Baobao Tree Learning.