Associate Professor Emerita of Music
Allyson Bellink’s music is heard by 15 million viewers daily on the CBS and NBC-TV Networks. One of the predominant composers in television today, she is an Emmy Award winner and three-time Emmy Award nominee.
Her TV credits include original music for: “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “NBA Playoffs,” and the “NCAA Basketball Tournament” (CBS-TV Network); “Another World” (NBC TV-Network); “Superbowl Theme” and music for ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” “Winter Olympics,” “Indianapolis 500,” and “NCAA College Football” (ABC-TV Network).
As one of the better-known TV writers, she has nailed staff composer jobs with “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” and “Another World,” and has written original music for the “NBA Playoffs” and “NCAA Basketball Tournament.” ABC Sports commissioned Bellink to compose the “Superbowl Theme” and music for ABC’S “Monday Night Football,” “Winter Olympics,” “Indianapolis 500,” and “NCAA College Football.” In the area of syndicated TV, Bellink has written themes and underscore for Viacom’s “Business This Morning” and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
Bellink prides herself on undertaking stylistically diverse assignments. She feels that the ability to compose in different genres is crucial to the success of the commercial composer. Her film credits include songwriting and background music for Robert Altman’s production of Rich Kids, and her songs and arrangements have been recorded by Noel Pointer on Capitol Records and Jonathan Schwartz on Muse Records. Rounding out her composing activities are children’s CDs and tapes, distributed by Great American Audio to major retailers.
Studies in french horn and composition led to a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, then to five years as a freelance horn player with such organizations as the Stuttgart Ballet, Australian Ballet (with Rudolph Nureyev), and the Chautauqua Symphony, conducted by Arthur Fiedler.
As a music educator, Allyson Bellink is currently associate professor of music at Purchase College and has been on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the New School. In addition, she is a noted figure in the field of Dinerology, having helped spark the 1985 Neo-Diner revival as the co-author of Classic Diners of the Northeast, published by Faber & Faber.
Bellink has worked in the music business as the supervisor of the ABC-TV Music Rights Department and a writer representative for SESAC.