Willard Thomen, Lecturer of Art & Music History
Disciplines: Art and Music History
Phone: (815) 740-6446
Willard Thomen is a private voice instructor at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, where he also teaches two Gen Ed courses: Exploring the Fine Arts and Our Musical Heritage, as well as courses in French and German Diction, and Vocal Pedagogy. He also teaches private and Class Voice at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, since 1985. In addition to his university teaching, Willard serves as the Director of Music at St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Downers Grove, Illinois, a position he has held since 2005. As a trained tenor, Willard has been a professional ensemble member and soloist with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque, The Chicago Monteverdi Singers, The Chicago Baroque Ensemble, The Richard Boldrey Singers, and The Tudor Singers. He has performed with Dorian Opera Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, Light Opera Works, Hinsdale Opera Theater, and University of Hawaii Theater. He has appeared as soloists with numerous orchestral presentations and has conducted numerous major choral works with orchestra, including twenty performances of Handel’s Messiah, John Rutter’s Requiem, and several performances of Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. He appears on two CD recordings: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610) with Music of the Baroque, and The Deathtree: Passion Cantata By David Holsinger with the Concordia Wind Symphony. Willard is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), and of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). He served as one of the music advisors for the City of Naperville’s Celebration 2000: Music of the Millennium: A Concert of Sacred Music. He frequently is a presenter for choral workshops at various churches in the Chicago area, and he has served as an adjudicator for vocal contests of the Society of American Musicians and for NATS.