About

 

A little about me

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Countertenor Thomas Alaan has performed across the United States as a soloist with dozens of ensembles and orchestras including Alchymy Viols, Ars Antigua, Bella Voce Camerata, Bach Cantata Vespers, Credo, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Helios Ensemble, Mountainside Baroque, Musikanten Montana, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and Schola Antiqua. He has performed on many regional concert series and festivals including the Boston Early Music Festival, the Bach and Beyond Baroque Early Music Festival in New York, the Wicker Park Festival, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He has sung on WGN Radio (Up Late with Patti Vasquez and Nocturnal Journal with Dave Hoekstra) and Chicago Irish Radio, and has interviewed with Early Music America, Huffington Post, and 98.7 WFMT. In 2016, he (re)created the role of Patie in Allan Ramsay's opera, The Gentle Shepherd, last seen in North America in 1798.

Thomas is a national finalist in the Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition for emerging professionals, and a national semi-finalist in The American Prize for his interpretation of art song. His recordings include Vivaldi’s solo cantata, Stabat mater dolorosa, for Biretta Books, Haydn’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Elgin Master Chorale and Symphony Orchestra, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.

Outside of singing, Thomas divides his time in Chicago as Executive Director of the Bach and Beethoven Experience; as Director of Women’s Schola and Assistant Conductor of Choirs at Holy Name Cathedral; and developing energy and sustainability curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He teaches private voice, and has presented talks on singing and pedagogy, vocal rhetoric, interdisciplinary collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Helena Music Teachers Association, DePaul University, and the Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Art Business Entrepreneurship Workshop.

Thomas is pursuing his D.M.A. Vocal Performance with Jim Doing at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he is a Paul J. Collins Fellow. He received his M.A. Vocal Pedagogy under renowned author and pedagogue, Joan Wall, at Texas Woman's University, and his B.A. Music Education from Alderson-Broaddus University. He has studied with Sheri Greenawald, Mark Crayton, Ellen Hargis, Elizabeth Parker, Max von Egmond, Ann Baltz, David Brock, Beverly Hoch, Linda Poetschke, and Lewis Hall. 

He loves Starbucks, donuts, and cats.

Hear me sing

 

Reviews of my singing

Stellar - Chicago Tribune

Simply stole the show with his unearthly round tone and singular power - Communities Digital News

Artful and moving... rendered with dynamic precision - Communities Digital News

Soaring sound... simmering singing... heartfelt - Hyde Park Herald

Traced ornate melodies over long vowels like the arcs of water in a Venetian fountain... with excellent timing and intonation. - The Elgin Review

Incredible diction... significant and clean upper register. - The Post-Journal

Owner of a glorious countertenor voice. - Herald Times