Halfway through his seventh decade, and in his third career, Alan is the Director of Music at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia, where he has served since Epiphany, 2013. Prior to becoming a professional church musician, Alan served 26 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a captain in 2004. He subsequently worked in the defense industry, and then returned to school to obtain degrees in organ performance and in church music. Although his prior careers were not music-related, his lifelong love of church music was always close at hand. Throughout his naval career, he also found time to sing in church choirs and community choruses wherever he was stationed, and occasionally to serve as an organist.
After retiring from the defense industry, he was encouraged to study music more in depth and was called to his current position.
After completing his master’s degree in church music at Shenandoah University, Alan learned about the newly created DPM program at SMU. For him, the program is a practical balance between academia and performance, and emphasizes the importance of the church musician as a minister, not only to the musicians in the parish, but also to the community as a whole. He hopes build on his experiences in the DPM program - the academic learning as well as the shared wisdom of his professors and classmates - to enable making the best use of available resources to present a program of church music to the glory of God, both in the parish, and beyond the St. James’ walls.
Alan is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up in Houston. He and his wife reside in Springfield, Virginia. He is an Industrial Engineering graduate of Texas A&M University, and studied Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He obtained a degree in organ performance from Northern Virginia Community College, and a Master’s of Music in Church Music from Shenandoah University.