I sing like a girl and that's awesome.
 
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I sing like a girl and that's awesome.

 

Adonai ro-i from 'Chichester Psalms' by Leonard Bernstein
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra
Kirk Muspratt, Conductor

 
 

Stellar

Chicago Tribune

 

But pop-star affectations are just a gloss on a seriously accomplished artist… To everything Aláan sings, he brings an uncanny richness and power...

Newcity: Street Smart Chicago

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

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Critically acclaimed stellar [Chicago Tribune] countertenor Thomas Aláan has been praised for his glorious countertenor voice [Herald Times], heartfelt... soaring sound... and simmering singing [Hyde Park Herald], excellent timing and intonation [Elgin Review), incredible diction and significant and clean upper register [The Post-Journal], and his artful and moving voice of unearthly round tone and singular power [Communities Digital News].

Thomas 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, and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. He has sung on WGN Radio (Up Late with Patti Vasquez) 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 a Paul J. Collins Fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he is pursuing a D.M.A. Voice Performance with Jim Doing. 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.

 

Professional Ensembles

Aestas Consort, Are Antigua, Bella Voce Camerata, Bach Cantata Vespers, Credo, Vox 3 Collective, Elgin Master Chorale and Elgin Symphony, Helios Ensemble, Janus Ensemble, Mountainside Baroque, Musikanten Montana, Opus 327, Rookery, The Rooks, Schola Antiqua

Festival Appearances

Bach and Beyond Baroque Festival
Baroque on Beaver Music Festival
Bloomington Early Music Festival
Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series
Wicker Park Festival

Competitions & Awards

Classical Singer Magazine, Emerging Artist (Finalist)
The American Prize, Art Song Division (Semifinalist)

Recordings

Stabat mater dolorosa (Vivaldi; CD on Pathway Books)
Gloria and Requiem (Vivaldi & Haydn; Elgin Symphony & Master Chorale)
Messiah (International Broadcast; Holy Name Cathedral)
A Cajun Summer (Bach and Beethoven Experience)

Media Appearances & Interviews

Chicago Irish Radio
Chicago Tribune
Early Music America
Huffington Post
Irish American Radio
The Midday with Normal Gilliland (WPR Radio)
Nocturnal Journal with Dave Hoekstra (WGN Radio)
Scapi Magazine
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Up Late with Patti Vasquez (WGN Radio)
Voyage Chicago
Windy City Times

Conducting & Directing

Executive/Co-Director, Bach and Beethoven Experience
Director of Women’s Schola, Assistant Conductor, Holy Name Cathedral

Education

DMA, Voice Performance, University of Wisconsin - Madison (2021)
Certificate, Emerging Nonprofit, The Law Project
MA, Vocal Pedagogy, Texas Woman’s University
BA, Music Education, Alderson-Broaddus University
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Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College
Baroque Performance Institute
American Institute of Musical Studies
OperaWorks
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Teachers: Jim Doing, Sheri Greenawald, Mark Crayton, Elizabeth Parker, Ellen Hargis, Joan Wall, Max von Egmond, Ann Baltz, Elvia L. Puccinelli, David Brock, Beverly Hoch, Linda Poetschke, Lewis Hall

 

Concert Repertoire

B Minor Mass (Bach)
Brich dem hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39 (Bach)
Erfreut euch, ihr herzen, BWV66 (Bach)
Ich habe genug, BWV 82 (Bach)
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben, BWV 169 (Bach)
Magnificat (Bach)
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180 (Bach)
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 (Bach)
Widerstehe doch der Sünde, BWV 54 (Bach)
Chichester Psalms (Bernstein)
Bringt her dem Herren (Buxtehude)
Mass in F minor (Biber)
Rejoice in the Lamb (Britten)
Membra Jesu nostri (Buxtehude)
Biblical Songs (Dvořák)
Matthäus-Passion (Bach)
Messiah (Handel)
Requiem (Haydn)
4 Songs for Voice and Voice (Holst)
Wer ist der so Edom Kömmet (Knüpfer)
Gott, sei mir gnädig (Kuhnau)
Coronation Mass (Mozart)
Mass in C (Mozart)
Requiem (Mozart)
Carmina Burana (Orff)
Stabat Mater (Pärt)
Stabat Mater (Pergolesi)
Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns)
Machet die Thore weit (Schelle)
In te, Domine, speravi (Schütz)
Gloria (Vivaldi)
Magnificat (Vivaldi)
Stabat Mater dolorosa (Vivaldi)
Along the fields (R.V. Williams)
Five Mystical Songs (R.V. Williams)

Opera Repertoire

Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Patie in The Gentle Shepherd (Ramsay)
Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck)
Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Tancredi in Tancredi (Rossini)

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the filleadh abhaile project

Looking “to get back home” to his Irish roots, Thomas is back in school and researching traditional Irish music and Sean-nós singing. His filleadh abhaile project documents his research in this area and growth as a performer of traditional Irish music.

 
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