Allyson B. Wells began composing and arranging as a teenager, when her name was Allyson Brown, and was 18 when her first arrangement, for choir, was commercially published. Two years later, one of her compositions was commercially published. She has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and Ph.D., all in music composition, and has taught music theory and composition at the university level since the 1980’s.
Her compositions have been performed and broadcast on three continents, and her music has been cited in Avant-Garde Choral Music and Guide to the Tuba Repertoire: The New Tuba Sourcebook, among other resources. Over the years, beginning in the 1970’s, her music has been performed and published under several versions of her name: Allyson Brown, Allyson Brown Applebaum, and Allyson B. Wells.