Allegra Montanari enjoys a multi-faceted career as entrepreneur, administrative leader, and professional cellist. In 2012, Ms. Montanari created Sharing Notes, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that improves quality of life for hospital patients through engaging, interactive live performances across Chicago. Sharing Notes has been featured on WGN’s “Different Drummers”, ABC 7 Chicago, WYCC PBS Chicago, and in 2013 received the Friends of La Rabida Award for Community Partnership in honor of outstanding service to their patient population. To date, the organization has served over 25,000 hospital patients with the power of live music.Within Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, Allegra combines her background of teaching, entrepreneurship, and performance to serve as Director of the newly launched Center for Arts Leadership. For her experience with community engagement, Allegra has also led presentations for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and the College Music Society’s National Conference in 2016.As a professional cellist, Ms. Montanari has performed with ensembles and artists across the country in venues ranging from United Center to Symphony Hall. Recent engagements include concerts with Ilya Kaler, Corky Siegel, Kygo, and the world premiere of Stuart Folse’s ‘Slane’ at Roosevelt University.Ms. Montanari graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and completed her Masters at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she was a student of John Sharp, Principal Cellist of the Chicago Symphony.