About Alissa

Alissa Wolf, Bio

Alissa Wolf is a passionate fiddle player and vocalist for the Durango based band Stillhouse Junkies.

Alissa began studying the violin at age 8. She followed her heart to numerous summer academies and has studied intensively through the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Conference, and the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs. In the winter of 2004, while studying with Arkady Fomin, Alissa was invited to play with the New Conservatory of Dallas in their Symphony of Toys holiday concert at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Additional primary instructors also include David Brewer and Ronald Francois.

Inspired by attending local folk festivals such as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Alissa began exploring all types of music beyond classical including bluegrass, swing, and jazz. Through this she found her true passion – improvisation. While she attained a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound, she continued to play for the love of music. In 2009, she was introduced to her most recent mentor, Mitch Fanning, who inspired her to add Celtic fiddle to her repertoire.

In Summer 2014, Alissa moved back to the Durango area where she continues to teach and perform nationally.