Alan grew up in Colorado, singing, playing oboe, and taking piano lessons from age 9. He played piano in Jazz band and sang inchoirs through middle and high school, while also writing piano and choral music and arrangements for various school ensembles. He attended the University of Colorado as an Electrical and Computer Engineering major before admitting his true calling and enrolling in CU's composition program. He received his B.Music in Composition in 2007, performed and soloed with the University Choir, University Singers, and the sporadic Composition Ensemble during his time there. Alan currently works for Custom Solar in Boulder, installing solar panels, and spends his free time climbing, biking, and reading.