American Prize winner Allan Laino is a conductor, educator, and singer in the DC metro area. He currently serves as Assistant Conductor of The Washington Chorus, Director of the University Singers at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art at The Catholic University of America, Director of Music Ministry at Western Presbyterian Church, Principal Guest Conductor of The Reston Chorale, and the College/University Resources & Repertoire Chair for ACDA's MD/DC Chapter. He has prepared choral ensembles for Britten’s War Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, Broadway Standing Ovations! with the BSO Pops and Jack Everly, Holiday Pops concerts with National Symphony Orchestra Pops and Steve Reineke, the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Josh Groban Live National Tour.
During his doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, he directed the University Chorale, and was Assistant Conductor for the Chamber Singers when they were featured performers at the 10th World Choral Symposium, performed Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with the BSO under Masaaki Suzuki, and performed Bach Cantatas 63 and 110 with the NSO under Helmuth Rilling. He served as assistant conductor (La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus) and chorus master (Idomeneo, La Bohème, and Die Zauberflöte) for the Maryland Opera Studio. As part of the MOS New Works Initiative, he music directed the East Coast premiere of Jack Perla’s opera Love/Hate in 2014.
He is a former member of the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the resident professional chamber choir for which he has also guest-conducted in Masses. He has sung as a soloist and chorister with groups such as the Yale/Norfolk Music Festival Chamber Choir, The Bridge Ensemble, The Trinity Chamber Orchestra, the Sunday Night Singers, the Horizon Chamber Choir, and the Pacific Chorale.
As Co-Conductor of the Sunday Night Singers in 2012, he earned First Prize at the World Choir Games in the Mixed Chamber Choir Champions Division. He is the 2017-2018 winner of The American Prize—Community Chorus Division. He completed his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of Maryland, College Park (2015). He earned his M.F.A in Choral Conducting (2009), and B.A. in Voice (2006) at the University of California, Irvine. He studied conducting with Edward Maclary, Joseph Huszti, James Ross, and Stephen Tucker, and voice with Darryl Taylor and Steven Kronauer.