23/24 Season Artist

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis is in his twenty-seventh year as Organist and Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh. Chatham Baroque’s residency at Calvary has brightened the last twenty musical seasons there, with performances of the Bach Passions and various cantatas, Handel’s Brockes-Passion, C.P.E. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, the Monteverdi Vespers, Biber Requiem, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, among many other works, vocal and instrumental. He has also joined the ensemble outside Calvary’s walls for performances in and beyond Pittsburgh.

He holds a degree in organ performance from the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, where he studied organ with William Porter and harpischord with Lisa Crawford. His M.A. and Ph.D. are from the University of California, Berkeley, where he specialized in the music of J.S. Bach, Renaissance vocal music, and the music of Mozart and Haydn. Prior to his move to Pittsburgh, he taught both in the Music Department of UC Berkeley, and at the Episcopal Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where he was the chapel-musician and lecturer in sacred music. In Pittsburgh, he has served on the adjunct faculties of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music, and the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University.

He holds the Associate certificate from the American Guild of Organists, and has been an active leader in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Guild, serving as Dean during the planning and preparations for the most recent Regional Convention held here. He has also been active nationally in the Association of Anglican Musicians, which he led as President, and for whose Journal he was the choral music reviewer (2006-12), and now contributes regular book-reviews. He lives in Shadyside.

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