Critically acclaimed "stellar” [Chicago Tribune] countertenor Thomas Aláan has been praised for his "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].
A frequent soloist and collaborator across the United States, Thomas has performed with numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras, including: Aestas Consort, Ars 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, Rookery, The Rooks, Schola Antiqua, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra (2017). He’s also performed on regional concert series, as well as at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Bach and Beyond Baroque Early Music Festival in New York; and 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 was is a national finalist in the Classical Singer Magazine Vocal Competition for emerging professionals and a managed artist with L.A. based Cadenza Classic.
Thomas delights in exploring rare musical gems. In 2013, he was named a national semi-finalist in The American Prize for his interpretation of art song, an exploration he continues in collaboration with organist David Jonies through the sacred music of the Romantic era. Additionally, he has recorded Vivaldi’s solo cantata, Stabat mater dolorosa, for Biretta Books (2010).
Thomas is based in Chicago where he studies with four acclaimed teachers and performers: soprano Ellen Hargis (Newberry Consort), countertenor Mark Crayton (Chicago College of Performing Arts), 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 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, where he majored in voice and saxophone and studied accompanying.
Concurrently, Thomas serves as co-director of the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble, and as Director of Women’s Schola and Assistant Conductor of Choirs at Holy Name Cathedral. He is an active studio teacher of aspiring and professional singers, and a clinician for entrepreneurship in the arts.
In addition to music, Thomas serves as Secretary and Board Member for the Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance. He also works in sustainable energy initiatives at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he administers and oversees the nationally recognized Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy. Thomas was the lead grant writer for the $500k grant from the Department of Energy that funds the SISE program.