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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

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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 artful and moving voice of unearthly round tone and singular power (Communities Digital News).

Thomas is a frequent soloist with ensembles and orchestras across the United States, having performed with the Aestas Consort, Ars Antigua, Arts Antiqua, Bach Cantata Vespers, Bella Voce Camerata, Credo, Janus Ensemble, the Elgin Symphony and Master Chorale, Helios Ensemble, Mountainside Baroque, Musikanten Montata, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, Opus 327, Rookery, Rooks, and Vox3. He’s appeared on many regional concert series, as well as the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series, the Bach and Beyond Baroque Early Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival. In 2016, he (re)created the role of Patie in Allan Ramsay's opera, The Gentle Shepherd, last seen in North America in 1798. He 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 Ensemble; as Director of Women’s Schola and Assistant Conductor of Choirs at Holy Name Cathedral; and at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he develops energy and sustainability curriculum. He teaches private voice, and has given presentations on singing, pedagogy, arts entrepreneurship for the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Helena (MT) Music Teachers Association, and the Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Art Business Entrepreneurship Workshop.

Thomas received his M.A. Vocal Pedagogy under renowned author and pedagogue, Joan Wall, at Texas Woman's University, and his B.A. Music Education (voice, saxophone) from Alderson-Broaddus University.

He currently studies with Ellen Hargis (Newberry Consort), Mark Crayton and Elizabeth Parker (Chicago College of Performing Arts), and Sheri Greenawald (Director, San Francisco Opera Center). His former teachers include 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

Competitions & Awards

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

Media Appearances & Recordings

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

Conducting & Directing

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

Education

Certificate, Emerging Nonprofit, The Law Project
M.A. Vocal Pedagogy, Texas Woman’s University
B.A. Music Education, Alderson-Broaddus University

Baroque Performance Institute (2009)
American Institute of Musical Studies (2007)
OperaWorks (2006)

Current TeachersEllen Hargis, Mark Crayton,
Elizabeth Parker, Sheri Greenawald

Past Teachers: Max von Egmond, Ann Baltz, Joan
Wall, Ann Baltz, Elvia L. Puccinelli, Nina Hinson, David
Brock, Beverly Hoch, Linda Poetschke

 

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)
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
Performed

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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