Executive Board Elected Officers

Paul EllisonPaul 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).

Marty Wheeler BurnettMarty Wheeler Burnett
Vice President

Marty Wheeler Burnett is Canon Precentor at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska, where she leads a growing music program with singers and instrumentalists of all ages. Previously, Burnett served on the faculty at College of Saint Mary, where she developed the choral music program and led nine choir tours, including performances in Italy and Ireland. She is the recipient of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association’s 2011 Outstanding Choral Director Award, as well as several teaching awards. Burnett holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of the South. She was Dean of the Omaha AGO Chapter from 2007-2009. A member of AAM since 1992, she has served as a Regional Coordinator and regularly attends annual conferences. Burnett currently serves on the AAM Employment Task Force. She has worked as a parish musician in Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Ellen JohnstonEllen Johnston

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.

Jason AbelJason Abel

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.

Linda PattersonLinda Patterson

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.

Mark Ardrey-GravesMark Ardrey-Graves

Mark Ardrey-Graves has been the organist at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC, since May 2017. Prior to coming to St. Timothy’s, he worked as organist and choirmaster at a number of parishes in North Carolina and Virginia. Also an Instructor at Guilford Technical Community College, Mark teaches undergraduate courses in music, including jazz history. He holds degrees in Musicology, Historical Performance Practice, and Divinity from Duke University, and the DMA in Choral Conducting from James Madison University. His teachers include Robert Parkins (organ), Arthur Haas (harpsichord), Randall Love (fortepiano), Lex Silbiger (viola da gamba), and W. Bryce Hayes and Joanne van der Vat-Chromy (conducting).

Research and performance interests include Tudor and early Scottish sacred polyphony, historic liturgical practices, choral pedagogy, and music of the French Baroque. Mark has been a member of AAM since 2006, and has contributed articles to the AAM Journal and Choral Journal. He previously served on the Commission on Liturgy & Church Music in the Diocese of Virginia, is currently a member of the Committee on Liturgy for the Diocese of North Carolina, and is part of the leadership team of the American Sarum project. He has served as clinician for treble choral festivals, lectured on chant for the RSCM, and played harpsichord continuo for numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles. Mark is married to the Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves, Associate Rector of St. Paul’s in Winston-Salem. Together they enjoy hiking, cooking, travel, and their dog and two cats.

Board Appointed Officers

Alan ReedAlan 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 SaviersWilliam 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.

Bishop Keith WhitmoreThe 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.

Stephen LeistStephen Leist
Editor, The Journal

Stephen joined the staff of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk, VA in January 2015 as Director of Music Ministry. A research librarian at Virginia Wesleyan, Stephen is also an accomplished organist and choir director with a lifelong passion for the music and liturgy of the Episcopal tradition. Before moving to Norfolk in 2012, he served as the Organist and Choir Director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Versailles, Ky. He holds degrees from Furman University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Kentucky and is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. He is married to Joanna Binford, a music teacher and professional viola player.

George EmblomGeorge 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 BurnetteMichael S. Burnette, D.M.A.
Placement Advisor

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.

Daniel J. Fortune
Interim Web Producer
Daniel Fortune is the organist-choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Houghton College in Houghton, New York where he studied organ with Dr. Susan Klotzbach, and the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Russell Saunders.

Daniel previously served as as AAM’s Publicist for four years (2009–2013) and has been serving as AAM’s Interim Web Producer since August 2018. He is also currently dean of the Akron Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

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