Executive Board Elected Officers
Sonya Subbayya Sutton
Sonya Subbayya Sutton is the Music Director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Middleburg, Virginia, and has served as Organist/Choirmaster in Episcopal Churches for nearly 40 years, including 20 years at St. Alban’s in Washington, D.C. Most recently she has been called to interim music ministry, working with music programs in transition. Since 2013 she has been the Music Director of the World Bank/IMF Chorus, which presents large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. She frequently collaborates with other instrumentalists as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has directed choirs in seven European tours and cathedral residencies, and participated as organist or singer in four more. Sonya enjoys writing about the intersection of life and the arts, and spends her free time gardening, reading, and practicing yoga. She earned degrees in piano from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and is married to the Episcopal Bishop of Maryland, the Rt. Reverend Eugene Sutton.
Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min.
Marty Wheeler Burnett is the Associate Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary and President of the Association of Anglican Musicians. She previously served as Canon Precentor at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and as Director of Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Music at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. Burnett holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from Rice University and a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus in liturgical music from The University of the South. She is the recipient of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association’s 2011 Outstanding Choral Director Award and is a former dean of the Omaha Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her setting of “Vidi Aquam” is published by Randall Egan.
Cynthia DeDakis began her career teaching music in public schools in New York and Wisconsin. While getting her Masters in Choral Conducting, studying with Robert Fountain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she became Music Director at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, thus beginning a career of over forty years serving Episcopal parishes in Wisconsin, Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and an interim in Vermont. A hallmark of her work has been establishing and growing chorister programs using the model and practices of the Royal School of Church Music. At St. John’s, Lafayette Square, she started the Chorister Academy, bringing together underserved boys and girls from many neighborhoods for music education, karate lessons(!), pizza, and family fellowship. During her time in Atlanta, Cindy was Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip (her three children were among her choristers), Music Director of the Atlanta Schola Cantorum, and a member of the professional ensemble, The Britten Choir. She has directed choir festivals in several states and served as interim director of Choral Music at Emory University.
After many years of service to the RSCM, including several years as its first woman president, the organization awarded her its highest honor. She has been a member of AAM since 1997, and previously served AAM as a director-at-large.
Joe Galema, D.M.A.
Joseph Galema currently serves as Principal Organist at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, one of the largest and most active congregations in the city. He has also been the organ instructor at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music since 2008. He retired in July 2014 as Music Director and Academy Organist at the United States Air Force Academy, having served there for almost 32 years. Joe holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance from The University of Michigan, and is a Past AAM Treasurer (2015–2018).
Stephan Griffin, D.M.A.
Stephan Griffin enjoys an active career as a singer, conductor, and organist. Praised by Early Music America and The Washington Post for his warm tone, he has performed with various ensembles including Schola Cantorum of Boston, Texas Early Music Project, Long and Away, Pfunkhaus, and The Brookline Consort. He holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and a Doctor of Music in organ performance from Boston University, and a Master of Music in organ performance with an emphasis in sacred music from the University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, Stephan served on the music faculty at St. Stephen’s School and as the Chorus Master and bass soloist for the Austin Baroque Orchestra. He is currently the Director of Music at All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA. He has also served as the Director of Music at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, RI and as Visiting Lecturer in Music and Director of the University Chorus at Brown University.
Jessica Nelson is a native Mississippian and holds degrees in music and liturgy from Millsaps College and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, as well as the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. She served All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo, Mississippi, as organist/choirmaster from 2010 to 2017, and was called to St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, in the summer of 2017. She directs the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy and in 2015 was appointed to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church in the United States. She has also served as secretary and has co-chaired various subcommittees. In addition to her service to the Episcopal Church, Jessica has taught on the music faculties of the University of North Alabama and Northeast Mississippi Community College. In her spare time, she composes a little and watches Netflix a lot. Her published choral works are available from Paraclete Press and St. James Music Press.
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.
Bishop J. Neil Alexander was elected the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta on March 31, 2001, and was ordained and installed on July 7, 2001, at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of his election, Bishop Alexander was the Norma and Olan Mills Professor of Divinity at the University of the South School of Theology. Previously he served as the Trinity Church Professor of Liturgics and Preaching at The General Theological Seminary, New York City, while serving in a variety of parish settings. He has also taught at Yale, Drew and Wilfrid Laurier universities.
Bishop Alexander is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Moravian College, and the University of South Carolina. He earned a master of divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and a doctor of theology in liturgics from The General Theological Seminary. He is the recipient of two honorary doctorates. Having served as chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South by the university’s board of trustees, he resigned as bishop of Atlanta in October 2012 to become the dean of the university’s School of Theology.
He is the author of This Far by Grace: A Bishop’s Journey Through Questions About Homosexuality, as well a number of publications in the fields of liturgics, homiletics, sacramental theology and pastoral practice.
Colin Lynch serves as Associate Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, MA, and was previously the Director of Chapel Music and School Organist at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. In addition to his work for the Episcopal church, Colin maintains an active performance career that has taken him to many prominent venues throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, and Cuba. He has been a featured performer at national conferences of the AGO, AAM, and OHS.
Colin has been a guest organist and conductor at several summer courses, including the RSCM and the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy. For several years, he managed the Massachusetts Boy Choir Course, for which he received an honorary award from the RSCM. He has been an active member of AAM since 2007, having served on the nominating committee, mentoring a Hancock Fellow, co-chairing the 2019 Boston Conference, and currently serving as Placement Advisor.
Colin Lynch holds degrees from Northwestern University, Yale University, and Oberlin Conservatory where his teachers included Douglas Cleveland, Thomas Murray, and Olivier Latry. His critically acclaimed debut solo album The Organ of Stambaugh Auditorium is available on the Raven Label. He is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative.
Daniel J. Fortune
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 began his work as Web Producer in August 2018. He is a former dean of the Akron Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.