Style: Pop; Opera; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Director, Lecturer
Critically acclaimed stellar [Chicago Tribune] countertenor Thomas Aláan has been a featured soloist on radio shows, album recordings, concert series, and festivals across the United States. Thomas is Co-director of OperaWorks™, The EcoVoice Project, and the Bach and Beethoven Experience (BBE); Assistant Conductor at Holy Name Cathedral; and moonlights as a saxophonist. Thomas' work at the University of Illinois Chicago bridges the world of music and environmentalism. He teaches "Music as a Tool for Environmentalism and Change" and "The Music and Science Connection" in the Honors College, advises the EcoArts student group, and runs the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE). He has also presented and moderated panels on the use of music and the arts in environmental spaces at SISE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and Loyola University’s Climate Change Conference.
Thomas received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he was a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow studying with Jim Doing. His research interests include the performance practice and ornamentation of Sean-nòs singers; educational frameworks for approaching science, philosophy, and environmentalism through music; and the use of music in sociopolitical and environmental movements. He also holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy, where he studied with Joan Wall, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.
Voice Type: Countertenor
Music Styles Taught: Pop; Opera; Folk; Rock; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter