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 ensembles and orchestras on dozens, including: Ars Antigua, Bella Voce Camerata, Bach Cantata Vespers, Credo, Elgin Symphony and Master Chorale, Mountainside Baroque, Musikanten Montana, Schola Antiqua, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He’s appeared on many regional concert series, as well as at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Bach and Beyond Baroque Early Music Festival in New York, and the Bloomington (IN) Early 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 developing energy and sustainability curriculum at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He teaches private voice, and has presented talks on singing, pedagogy, interdisciplinary collaboration, and entrepreneurship in the arts at 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 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.