Willard Thomen

Adjunct Faculty - Voice

College of Arts and Sciences

Thomen is a private and class voice instructor at Concordia University Chicago and at the University of St. Francis where he also teaches private voice lessons, musical, fine arts, and language dictions classes. Since 2005, he has served as the director of music at St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Downers Grove. A trained tenor, Thomen 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 the Dorian Opera Theater, Chicago Opera Theater, Light Opera Works, Hinsdale Opera Theater and University of Hawaii Theater. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestral presentations and has conducted numerous major choral works with orchestra including Handel’s Messiah, John Rutter’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Additionally, Thomen appears on two recordings “Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)” with Music of the Baroque and “The Deathtree: Passion Cantata” by David Holsinger with Concordia University Chicago’s Wind Symphony ensemble.

Additionally, Thomen 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 presents at choral workshops at churches throughout the Chicago area and has served as adjudicator for vocal contests of the Society of American Musicians and for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Academic and Professional Highlights


• American Guild of Musical Artists
• National Association of Teachers of Singing