Thomas Aláan

Thomas A.

Chicago, IL

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Thomas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
2005

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I grew up in a family of educators. My mom and dad both taught in elementary schools for most of their careers, which meant I was always around teachers. 'Education' just runs through my veins. I love working with people from all backgrounds and skill levels and helping them realize and reach their potential.

My Education

I earned my B.A. Music Education in 2005 and received certification in choral, instrumental, and general music (pre-K through 12th grade). I completed my M.A. Vocal Pedagogy in 2007 with the queen of pedagogy herself, Joan Wall. In 2018, I'll begin my D.M.A. Vocal Performance at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, though I'll maintain my Chicago studio. I've studied voice for 17 years and I still take lessons because I know there's so much more to learn.

Musical Expertise

I've taught voice in Dallas and Chicago for thirteen years. I've worked with beginning teens to professional adults and everyone in-between. I've conducted mixed and women's choirs at Holy Name Cathedral for nine years. I give talks on arts entrepreneurship and voice/vocal pedagogy and judge singing competitions. I'm a member of the American Choral Directors Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing. I sing professionally and run my own ensemble - the Bach and Beethoven Experience - which performs across the Midwest.

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Experience

Executive Director
Jul 2014 - Present
Bach and Beethoven Experience

The BBE is a 'nontraditional' group that aims to shatter expectations of classical music concerts. At our shows, music serves a story and is people-centric, so we try to build personal connection between our audience and our artists through stories, music of all kinds (classical, folk, original music, and beyond), and an interactive experience. (As a bonus, we rock the house with some pretty cool and unique instruments, too. )

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Program Coordinator
Aug 2011 - Present
University of Illinois at Chicago

In my 'other life' I develop sustainability and energy curriculum and run the nationally acclaimed Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy.

Director (Women's Schola) and Assistant Conductor of Choirs
Aug 2009 - Present
Holy Name Cathedral

I have worked with all four choirs at the cathedral but primarily work with the mixed and treble choirs. We learn voice technique, work on sacred repertoire, and lead worship at Masses throughout the liturgical year.

Voice Teacher
Aug 2007 - Aug 2009
Creekview High School

I taught voice to 9th-12th graders. We worked on vocal technique and prepared for competitions and auditions.

Instructor of Voice
Aug 2007 - Aug 2009
Brookhaven College

I taught voice lessons to music majors and non-majors alike.

Voice Teacher
Aug 2005 - Aug 2009
Hebron High School

I taught voice to 9th-12th graders. We worked on vocal technique and prepared for competitions and auditions.

Marching Band Instructor
Aug 2004 - Aug 2005
Robert C. Byrd High School

I worked with saxophone players and drum majors, as well as general drill and marching technique.

Education

MA Vocal Pedagogy
Aug 2005 - May 2007
Texas Woman's University
BA Music Education
Aug 2001 - May 2005
Alderson-Broaddus University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Emerging Nonprofit
Mar 2015
The Law Project

Music Education
May 2005
Alderson-Broaddus University

Choral, instrumental, and general music (pre-K through 12th grade)

Affiliations

American Choral Directors Association
Jan 2013

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose expressed purposes outline the associations dedication to the advancement of choral music. The mission of ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

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National Association of Teachers of Singing
Aug 2007

Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.

Photos & Videos

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Rehearsal of "Stabat Mater" (Pergolesi) with Bella Voce Camerata

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Staging for "The Gentle Shepherd," Scotland's first folk-opera

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Performance of "A Gaelic Summer" at Baroque on Beaver Island Festival

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In the recording studio with the Bach and Beethoven Experience

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With members of the Women's Schola at Holy Name Cathedral

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Appearance on Chicago Irish Radio with the Bach and Beethoven Experience
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