Alex Baran is a transplant from Southern Ontario to Manitoulin Island. He was Executive Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra from 2003-2008. For over 20 years he was a Toronto broadcaster on classical music station CJRT-FM (now JAZZ-FM). He has served as organist and choir director in a number of churches including the Anglican Church of the Epiphany in Sudbury.
His principal voice coaches have been Tina Torlone (Toronto) and Michael Warren (New York). He sang with Sudbury’s Octatonic Decadence for 2 seasons, founded Voices North on Manitoulin Island, is active in community musical theatre and has taught voice privately. He has twice served as a judge for the JUNO awards (choral/vocal category) and has also juried for both The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto where years studying political science and Chinese language failed to dampen his love for music.