Paul M. Ellison, Ph.D.
Paul Ellison was educated at the Royal Academy of Music, Queens’ College, Cambridge, San José State University, and Cardiff University, where he gained a PhD in musicology. While a student in London, he was assistant organist at St. Pancras’ Church (where Henry Smart played) and at St. Mary-at-Hill Church (where Thomas Tallis was organist), and later director of music at St. Mary the Boltons. He is currently director of music at Church of the Advent, San Francisco’s historic Anglo-Catholic parish, where he conducts Schola Adventus, Advent’s professional choir. He is a member of the faculties of San Francisco and San José State Universities where he teaches musicology. He has published with Pendragon Press and is a contributor to Nineteenth Century Music Review, and to The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. He is editor of The Beethoven Journal, the award-winning periodical of the American Beethoven Society was editor of the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians from 2010-15. He was installed as president of AAM in July 2017. Among the interesting highlights of his career Paul has performed for Prince Charles in Cambridge, directed the music at the weddings of actor Julian Sands and director Michael Attenborough and funerals of actor Leonard Rossiter and the Marquesa de Casa Maury (Freda Dudley Ward, sometime mistress of King Edward VIII).
Ellen Johnston has been involved in church music since junior high school. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Centenary College, she attended Southern Methodist University where she earned a Master of Music degree. Ellen was director of the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy for sixteen years after first having served as assistant director for nine years. She is the past chair of the Leadership Program for Musicians, and has also taught courses for that program since its inception in the mid-90s.
A resident of Virginia, Ellen is the director of the Center for Liturgy and Music at Virginia Theological Seminary, a program which offers continuing education by means of conferences and symposia, provides a consultancy service for parishes and dioceses, and encourages the work of diocesan liturgy and music commissions. She is a member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Church, and director of music at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Richmond.
Joseph M. Galema, D.M.A.
Joseph Galema recently retired as music director and Academy organist at the United States Air Force Academy, a position he held for almost 32 years. He currently serves as principal organist at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, one of the largest and most active congregations in the city. In September 2008, he joined the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, as organ instructor. At Lamont he teaches private lessons to organ majors in addition to classes on organ repertoire, organ improvisation and organ accompanying.
Joe was born in West Lafayette, Indiana, and chose to pursue his college education in Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids. He pursued post-graduate work in organ performance studying with the renowned artist-teacher Marilyn Mason at The University of Michigan, earning both Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees.
Jason Abel is organist and choirmaster at historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He has held this post since 2005. Prior positions were at the Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, Alabama, and Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas. In his current role, he directs two children’s choirs, one adult choir, and serves as principal organist. In addition to his duties at Christ Church, he serves as assistant chapel musician at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Jason holds the Master of Sacred Music degree cum laude from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree cum dignitate in musica from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He has studied organ with Robbe Delcamp, George Baker, and Larry Palmer, and conducting with David R. Davidson.
Jason was chair of exhibits for the 2010 American Guild of Organists National Convention and was on the executive committee of the 2014 AAM Conference, both held in Washington D.C. Additionally, he has served on the Diocese of Virginia Liturgy and Music Commission for many years.
Kevin J. Kwan
Kevin Kwan is the organist and director of music at Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to directing the large adult choir and developing the youth chorister program, he oversees the concert series Sacred Music in a Sacred Space. A native of San Francisco, Kevin Kwan received his degrees from the University of California, San Diego and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Todd Wilson. Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Kwan served as organ scholar at Gloucester Cathedral. After a successful year in England, Mr. Kwan was appointed assistant organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City, where he worked daily with the renowned Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of the late John Scott. He also served as the head of instrumental music at Saint Thomas Choir School, where he oversaw a comprehensive music education program.
Linda Patterson holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in organ performance from the University of Houston. Her high school organ teachers were Don Ryno and Seth Wertz, and college organ professors included Dr. Marilyn Mason and Dr. Robert J. Jones. She received two Belgian fellowships to study in Mechelen, Belgium. She received her D.M.A. in organ performance, sacred music emphasis in 2012 from the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Drs. Gerre and Judith Hancock.
Linda has served as organist/music director of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Brenham, Texas since 1994, where she leads a comprehensive music program for toddlers through adults including Adult Choir, an Arts outreach to at-risk children, a community chorus and a Recital Series. Chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas’ Music Commission since 2003, she administers Choral Festivals and a summer Music Camp for youth. A teacher, accompanist and organist, she has performed, taught in and accompanied for national and regional gatherings. She served on the AAM PCDC, and was elected as AAM Member-at-Large in 2017. After attending Lay CREDO, she became interested in Lay Professional Wellness. The mother of three, she lives in Round Top, Texas with her husband and youngest daughter.
Alan C. Reed
A member of AAM since 1984, Alan C. Reed served two terms as Treasurer (1999-2002, 2007-2011) before becoming AAM’s second Archivist in 2011. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he has served Episcopal churches in the dioceses of New Jersey, West Tennessee, North Carolina, and the Central Gulf Coast. Since 2003 he has served as the Organist and Master of the Choirs at St. John’s Church in Charlotte. He and his wife Tracy founded the Gulf Coast RSCM course in 2002 and have managed the Charlotte RSCM course since 2004.
Alan attended every AAM conference from 1986 to 1998. Together he and Tracy have attended each conference since 1999, except for the 2000 conference during which Tracy gave birth to their son Drayton.
William P. Saviers, Jr., Esq.
Mr. Saviers graduated in 1968 from Ohio University with a BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and was part of the Ohio Fellows program. He also was a member of the Honors College and spent his junior year abroad studying at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Free University of Berlin. After serving two years in Vietnam, he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1974. He then pursued a career in corporate law, working in the energy sector with Columbia Gas Transmission, Cabot Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts; Charleston, West Virginia; and Amarillo, Texas, and finally with Consolidated Natural Gas in Clarksburg, West Virginia, which later was acquired by Dominion Resources. He has also done part-time work with CNX Gas Corporation after his retirement between 2004 and 2007. During his career, Mr. Saviers also devoted time to church music in various settings, became a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and was appointed Chancellor of the Association of Anglican Musicians in 1997 through the present and serves as a member of the Professional Concerns and Development Committee. He has written several articles for the Association and the Living Church on legal issues facing lay employees in the Episcopal Church and has helped revise the AAM publication “Conflict and Closure” to “Servant Leadership for Musicians, A Vocational Handbook for Ministry.”
Mr. Saviers has also served in various capacities as a volunteer with Shepherd Wellness (HIV and AIDS victims), Hospice, United Way, and since his retirement in 2004 has been participating with Legal Aid of West Virginia as a pro-bono volunteer to give legal advice and represent clients in civil cases. Mr. Saviers also served on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of West Virginia from 2011 – 2014. He also is a member of the advisory board with the new Ohio Fellows program at Ohio University.
The Rt. Rev’d Keith Whitmore
The Rt. Rev’d Keith B. Whitmore has served as Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta having arrived at the middle of April 2008. He previously served as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Eau Claire in northwestern Wisconsin from 1999 to 2008. Prior to being elected as bishop, Whitmore served congregations in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Kansas. He was serving as Dean of the Cathedral in Western Kansas when elected bishop. Ordained priest and deacon in 1977, he has undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Theology, an MDiv. and D.D. from Nashotah House Seminary.
Bishop Whitmore also served as an Army Chaplain and retired after 27 years of service. He was a member on the Standing Commission on Ministry Development of the Episcopal Church and the Standing Commission on Program, Budget, and Finance. He served as president of the Domestic Missionary Partnership and president of Affirming Catholicism, organizations devoted to the mission of the Church. He has also served as a trustee at Nashotah House Seminary and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Currently, he is Chaplain to the Anglican Association of Musicians, Episcopal Visitor to the Community of the Cross, and serves on the Board of Day One and The Alliance for Christian Media.
Bishop Whitmore has conducted workshops on Evangelism, Parish Development, Vision and Goal Setting, and Leadership Development in congregations around the country for over 30 years.
In addition to his duties in the Diocese of Atlanta, Bishop Whitmore also served as the Director of Episcopal Studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and taught in that program.
Tamara Schmiege, D.M.A.
Tamara Schmiege began her musical career as an organ student at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She earned the Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, the Master of Music Degree from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ and Church Music from the University of Michigan. Her teachers included David Craighead, Robert Glasgow, Marilyn Mason, Russell Saunders, Larry Smith, and Christopher Young. Tamara has served as Director of Music and Organist for Lutheran and Episcopal parishes since 1993.
In 2013 Tamara studied graphic arts and web design and is now a Web Producer for Interweave. Tamara also serves as the interim Director of Music and Organist at Ascension Episcopal Church in Denver.
Mark Howe, Ph.D.
Editor, The Journal
Mark Howe has served since 1999 as canon precentor and director of music at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, Vermont, where he oversees a lively music program in a vibrant cathedral parish. A Pennsylvania native, he holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in church music from Westminster Choir College and the Yale School of Music respectively, and a Ph.D. in musicology from New York University. He has served as musician in parishes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New York; and he has taught, either as a member of the faculty or as visiting lecturer, at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and McGill University.
His appointment as editor of the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians began in 2015.
George Anton Emblom
Professional Concerns & Development Chair
George Emblom serves as Director of Music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, Organist-Choir Director of Temple Sinai, Oakland, Assistant Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel Music at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Episcopal), Berkeley, Instructor of organ at the University of California at Berkeley, and pianist at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, El Cerrito. Mr. Emblom became a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians in 1987 and he has served as a Director-at-Large, a member of Professional Concerns Committee, Treasurer, and currently as chair of the Professional Concerns and Development committee.
Serving at St. Mark’s since 1992, Mr. Emblom directed the St. Mark’s Choir in their first choir pilgrimage in 2003 singing in St. George’s, Windsor; Chichester, Clare College Cambridge, Bury-St. Edmunds, and Gloucester. In 2007, the choir sang for a week’s residency in Lincoln as well as for services in Durham. In July 2011, the choir offered residencies in Salisbury and Truro and in 2014, in Norwich and Wells. In 2017, the choir sang for residencies in Ely and Bristol and planning is currently underway for their sixth pilgrimage in 2020 with residencies in Lincoln and Durham.
Mr. Emblom received the Bachelor of Music degree (with Distinction) from St. Olaf College and the Master of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Michael S. Burnette, D.M.A.
Michael Burnette, organist-choirmaster at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Westport, Connecticut since 1999, leads a full-time music ministry of over 75 choristers (PreK-adult) in five vocal choirs. He is the founder and artistic director of Music & Arts at Christ & Holy Trinity, an annual series of concerts and liturgies that boasts an impressive roster of artists and ensembles, including Chanticleer, King’s College Choir, The Tallis Scholars, among others. Previously, he served congregations in California, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music summa cum laude from Westminster Choir College. Graduate degrees, including Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Literature, were completed at the Eastman School of Music. Major organ teachers included David Craighead, Donald McDonald, Harald Vogel, and Raymond Ocock. Also an active and experienced choral singer, he has performed both as an organist and a singer in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
Michael was appointed AAM’s Placement Advisor in 2009; in addition, he serves on the Executive Board of the Fairfield-West Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
James G. Garvey
James Garvey has been organist and director of music at the Church of the Ascension in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1990, where he directs a full choir program involving adults and children and administers an acclaimed concert series.
He holds degrees from Rice University, where he studied organ with Clyde Holloway and piano with Mary Norris. From 1985-1990 he served as assistant organist at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver. A past dean of the Knoxville chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he has performed for regional AGO conventions and has been a featured recitalist for the AGO’s national convention (Houston in 1988). He has taught at the AGO’s regional Pipe Organ Encounter, and has adjudicated numerous AGO competitions. Active in the Association of Anglican Musicians, he served as host of a regional AAM conference and has worked on the Executive Board in the capacities of secretary, vice-president, president, and past-president.
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