Alan Lewis is the Organist and Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, where he oversees an active musical program of liturgical music involving nearly 100 singers, from early childhood up. Since his arrival in 1997, the Calvary Choir has sung several residencies at the Washington National Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and St. Thomas Church, New York, and earned a reputation for excellence at home, as well, both in liturgical performance and in concert. His cycle of choral Psalm-settings with congregational refrains for the Eucharistic lectionary-cycle is nearing completion.
A native of Southern California, Alan began his undergraduate studies at Pomona College, in Southern California, where he studied with William Peterson. He continued his work at Oberlin College and Conservatory, Ohio, where his principal teacher was William Porter. His studies there confirmed his love for the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and also sparked an lively interest in music history; and he went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in that field as a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral work focused on the sacred motets of Nicolas Gombert, a bright star in the Franco-Flemish firmament of the mid-sixteenth-century.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Alan was the Director of Chapel Music and Lecturer in Church Music at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, in Berkeley, California, and also served several parishes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. He is active in the Association of Anglican Musicians; his reviews of choral music are a regular feature of AAM's monthly Journal, and he recently completed a term as Secretary of the Association's Board of Directors.