The American conductor, tenor singer and music teacher, Allan Laino, earned his Bachelor of Art degree in Music (Vocal Performance) from the University of California, Irvine, where he was an Ann & Gordon Getty Music Scholar (2002-2006). He studied voice with Dr. Darryl Taylor and Dr. Steven Kronauer. He earned his M.F.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of California, Irvine and has studied conducting with Joseph Huszti, Mike McCullough and Stephen Tucker (2007-2009). Since 2012he studies at the University of Maryland College Park for Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting.
Allan Laino has conducted ensembles of all sorts and sizes over the past nine years. He’s worked with internationally acclaimed chamber ensembles such as The Sunday Night Singers and the Men in Blaque. During his tenure as Assistant Director, the Men in Blaque won first prize in the Male Chamber Choir category and earned gold medals in each of their categories at the 2010 World Choir Games.
Allan Laino was Vocal Music Teacher at Irvine Unified School District in Irvine, California (August 2009-September 2010); Choral Director at Antelope Valley Union High School District in Palmdale, California (October 2010-June 2011). Since July 2012 he is Teaching Assistant at the University of Maryland in College Park, and co-directoir of the University Chorale. With the the Maryland Opera Studio he was Assistant Conductor, including Die Zauberflöte (2012), La Bohème (2013), Die Fledermaus (2014); Chorus Master, including Die Zauberflöte (2012), Idomeneo (2013), La Bohème (2013). As a music educator, Laino has earned the reputation for being a skillful musician who nurtures, challenges, and inspires his students. While he directed the choral programs at Highland High School, University High School, and Quartz Hill High School, his choirs received high recognition from national festivals, including an invitation by Heritage Festivals to participate in the Festival at Carnegie Hall and Festival of Gold.
Allan Laino is an advocate for new choral arrangements of folk music from around the world, especially the Philippines. He received the prestigious Diversity Fellowship Award during his studies at University of California Irvine for his contributions to this untapped area of research. He was the Assistant Director for The Sunday Night Singers (August 2006-August 2012).
Allan Laino is a versatile singer with roots in pop genres and advanced training in classical voice. He is a seasoned performer and has worked with groups such as The Sunday Night Singers, The Men in Blaque, The Charles Dickens Carolers, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. As a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, he participated in the Yale School of Music - Norfolk Chamber Music Festival last August and sang under the baton of Simon Carrington. He is the tenor section leader at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. He has served churches throughout Southern California including Crystal Cathedral, Desert Vineyard, St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church, Santa Monica First Presbyterian, La Canada Presbyterian, and St. Luke’s Presbyterian. From July 2013, he is choral singer in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.
His Honors & Awards include: Ann & Gordon Getty Scholar, UC Irvine (2005); Diversity Fellowship Award, UC Irvine (2007); Gold Medalist (3), World Choir Games (2010); Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale Summer School of Music (2011); 1st place, Mixed Chamber Choir Division, World Choir Games (2012).