With Peter Loeb, Tim had established Allen/Loeb Associates, a successful consulting practice ten years earlier.
And, so did everyone in the house in which Tim
They played banjo, fiddle, ukulele, mandolin, piano, harmonium and guitar.
never took lessons.
played piano and guitar professionally.
At one point he
was playing five shifts a night in San Francisco nightclubs.
Guided by a Nolo Press book on how to start a non-profit and the organizational skills of co-worker and friend Margaret Spaulding, Tim
gathered together a board of directors and in March, 1995, the Chamber Music Partnership, an organization which would encompass Sonus Imaginorem, Clavion and Onyx
came into being.
Looking back on that period, all agree putting on ten concerts a season was "insane" for the players who had to practice, rehearse, and learn ten different and difficult programs within a period of nine months and for the Chamber Music Partnership's first President (Tim Allen) and Artistic Director (Kurt Rohde) who were responsible for all the nitty-gritty of producing concerts, finding venues, publicizing programs, printing programs and tickets, and raising money.
Author: By Marilyn Zivian, Member, LCCE Board of Directors, with much appreciated help from Tim Allen, Phyllis Kamrin, Anna Presler, Kurt Rohde, and Lena Zentall.