Alissa Coates was born and raised in Upstate New York. By the age of three she had shown her desire to be onstage and she has been performing since. Her start in music came from a wonderful elementary music teacher who recognized her potential and recommended her to an area choir director. In 1998, Alissa began singing with the Eastman Bach Children's Chorus (later known as the Bach Children's Chorus) of Rochester.
Upon entering high school, Alissa took every opportunity to sing and perform. She participated in every school show, joined every choir and began spending her summers at drama and music camps. Of these, Eastern U.S. Music Camp had the largest impact. It was there she learned about her love of teaching.
In 2007, Alissa moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee, she quickly became involved in school life. She ran Berklee’s largest club, Jams @ Berklee, for three years, and was President of Berklee’s Collegiate chapter of MENC (now NAfME) in her senior year. Alissa has been the recipient of two music education awards: the 2011 MMEA Promising Music Educator award and the 2011 Berklee College of Music Promising Alumna Award: Vocal Category.
Alissa currently teaches Kindergarten through 8th grade music in Bolton, MA, teaches private lessons in Central Massachusetts, and performs at birthday parties. Alissa performs at both adult and children's events throughout the state.