A well-rounded teacher, Allen Thompson works with all styles of singing from a place of calm, careful logic. Allen is equally skilled coaxing nervous beginners out of their shell as he is helping polished professionals amp up to the next level in their performances. Over more than a decade of diverse musical projects in a variety of roles, Allen has been a performer, director, pit accompanist, and coach, and has been able to incorporated a wide array of useful skills into his teaching.
Allen completed his Master of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he had also attained his Bachelor degree in Voice Performance. While enrolled, he had the opportunity to participate in various classical performing ensembles including the university chamber singers, university chorale, and the UTEP opera workshop. Simultaneously, however, Allen also performed in a local dinner theatre, where some of his favorite performing credits include appearing as Hedwig from Hedwig and the Angry Inch and as Adam in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Over time, Allen realized a passion for working in other capacities within music and theatre, leading him to Assistant Direct with UTEP’s Opera Workshop, and serve as both Director and Music Director for The Last Five Years, a uniquely intimate work of theatre which features pop/rock vocal styling.
Allen’s high energy and calming focus create a lesson experience which is challenging but supportive. As a teacher, he is able to dismantle complex or abstract ideas into digestible chunks, and build on students’ knowledge with intent and clarity of focus, helping them reach their goals quickly and effectively.