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About Prof. Aaron Alon   |   Course Alumni   |   Guest Speakers

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About Professor Aaron Alon

Aaron Alon

AARON ALON, DMA

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Aaron Alon is an award-winning composer, writer, director, filmmaker, and teacher. His concert music has been played in concert venues around the world by such acclaimed musicians as Leone BuyseIan DavidsonAndrea Ceccomori, Catherine Branch, Daniel NeerMichael Fennelly, Mark Whatley, and new music groups Sounds New and the Vientos Trio. These works have also been released on five labels and awarded numerous national and international composition honors, including those from ASCAP, NACUSA, NFMC, SCI, Meet the Composer, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, the Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards, and Mu Phi Epsilon. He is a member of ASCAP and a past chapter president of Mu Phi Epsilon.

Alon is also highly active as a teacher. He is the Chair of Music & Drama, the Director of Music, and a Professor of Music at Lone Star College-University Park. He was named a 2014 Distinguished Faculty member and a 2015-2016 Faculty Excellence Award winner at his previous campus, Lone Star Collge-CyFair. He was also the Director of the Composition program at AFA‘s summer music festival until 2018 and has taught for the Women’s Institute of Houston, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and their School of Continuing Studies, the University of Texas “Road Scholar” program, Writespace Houston, and Alvin Community College.

Since 2009, Alon has also been highly active as a playwright and musical theatre composer-lyricist. His plays and musicals have been read or performed in New York City, Houston, San Diego, and Galveston, as well as in the UK. In a review of a concept cast highlights recording of his musical BULLY, David Clarke of BroadwayWorld.com said, “I was instantly impressed with Aaron Alon’s ability to write Broadway style pop ballads with such dexterity.” Alon is the writer and director of the award-winning feature film musical BULLY (2017), which has been screened in and awarded prizes from film festivals around the world.  He also contributed to the comedic revue DEATH, THE MUSICAL (2011), penned lyrics for the title song of the film MIXED EMULSIONS (2014), and wrote the new play POSITIVE (2013).  He is a founding member and president of the Board of Directors of Thunderclap Productions, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces new, lesser known, and underperformed plays, musicals, and screenplays. Alon recently started creating original content for his YouTube channel.  His first video went viral, with about 2 million YouTube views and 17 million facebook views. Current projects include two new stage musicals, new film scripts, and additional content for his YouTube channel.

Alon holds a DMA from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, an MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a BA from the University of Chicago. His past teachers include Karim Al-Zand, Anthony Brandt, Shih-Hui Chen, Jean Milew, Marta Ptaszynska, and Orianna Webb.

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Course Alumni (partial list)

This is a partial list of students who took my professional development course.

Travis Bratton
Music Theorist, 2017 course alumnus

Dakota Crespo
2014 course alumna

Michael Fulfs
Guitarist, 2014 course alumnus

Jess Dixon (Facebook)
Musical Theatre Actor and Arts Photographer/Videographer, 2017 course alumnus

Ian Everett
2014 course alumnus

Desteni Granston (Facebook  |  YouTube)
Composer, 2016 course alumna

J.E. Hernández (Website  |  Company Website  |  Email  |  Facebook)
Composer, 2016 course alumnus

Jonathan Hicks
Opera Singer, 2017 course alumnus

Baylee Kilgore
Opera Singer, 2017 course alumna

Joshua Lopez
Cellist, 2017 course alumnus

Asa McClellan
2014 course alumnus

Taylor Siebeneicher
Musical Theatre Actor, 2014 course alumnus

Thien Le (Facebook  |  Instagram  |  YouTube)
Vocalist, 2017 course alumnus

Kalista Nguyen
Violist, 2017 course alumna

Haley Simpson
Musical Theatre Actress/Singer, 2016 course alumna

Catherine Torres
Jazz Singer, 2017 course alumna

Rebecca VanZant (Facebook  |  Website  |  Email)
Composer, 2017 course alumna

Emory Walker
Pianist, 2017 course alumnus

Jherame G. Williams
Composer, 2016 course alumnus

Colleen Womack
Pianist and Educator, 2014 course alumna

Chanel Young
Singer, 2016 course alumna

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Guest Speakers

This is a list of guests who have spoken to my Professional Development class in past.

Deborah Anderson
Costumer & Instructor of Drama
Lone Star College-CyFair

Patrick Barton
Professor of Speech
Lone Star College-CyFair

Andy Bradley
Recording Engineer/Producer
Wire Road Studios (Staff Page)

Leah Dyer
Vocalist & Instructor of Music
Lone Star College-CyFair

Jennifer Heller
Instructor of Accounting
Lone Star College-CyFair

Hugh Lobel
Composer and Programmer
Hugh Lobel Music

Bob McGrew
Secretary and Treasurer
Houston Musicians Union

Shawn Miller
Professor of Accounting
Lone Star College-CyFair

Brittany Morris-Easley
Attorney
Rawlins Licensing Firm LLC

JR Paredes
Owner and Producer
Satellite Music Group

Jackie Pierson
Associate Professor of Accounting
Lone Star College-CyFair

Michael Remson
Executive and Artistic Director
AFA

Erin Rodgers
Entertainment Attorney
Erin Rodgers Law
Rawlins Licensing Firm LLC

Tamara Siler
Sr. Associate Director & Coordinator of Minority Recruitment
Rice University

Jane Stimpson
Associate Professor and Reference Librarian
Lone Star College-CyFair Library

Gary Tucker
Associate Professor of Business
Lone Star College

William W. Wade
Operations Manager
Wire Road Studios (Staff Page)