Conference Personalities

The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander
AAM Chaplain

Bishop Neil Alexander was appointed dean of the School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South in 2012. He is also professor of liturgy and the Charles Todd Quintard Professor of Theology. His long relationship with Sewanee and the School of Theology began as a sabbatical replacement for the Rev. Dr. Marion Hatchett, professor of liturgics and music, in the early 1980s. He later joined the faculty in 1997 teaching liturgics and homiletics and was the first Norma and Olan Mills Professor of Divinity. From 2009 to 2012, Alexander served as the University’s 23rd chancellor. Alexander was elected the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta and served from 2001 to 2012. Alexander has served in a variety of parish settings and has taught at The General Theological Seminary, Yale University, Drew University, and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.

Christ and St. Luke’s Choir
Choir for Tuesday Choral Matins

Tuesday, June 21 • 10:30am Choral Matins at Christ and St. Luke’s, Norfolk

The Christ Church Choir of Men and Boys was founded in the early 1900s and presented the best of the Anglican choral tradition, ably led by fine organists and directors. Since merging with St. Luke’s Church in the 1930s, and transitioning into a mixed adult choir in the 1970s, it has continued that role of musical leadership within the Parish and the community. For a time, the Cantata Chorus of Norfolk was based at the church, later to become the Virginia Symphony Chorus. The Choir has produced several CDs and has toured the United States and Europe. In 2019 they sang at Wells Cathedral, St. Martin in the Fields in London, and the American Cathedral and St. Eustache in Paris. Right after the Richmond Conference, they will be singing at York and Lincoln Cathedrals.

Suzanne Daniel
Tuesday Keyboard Demonstration

Tuesday, June 21 • 2pm Wren Chapel Concerts (The College of William and Mary)

Suzanne Daniel is a versatile musician based in Newport News, Virginia. She is the organist/director at Grace Church, Yorktown, and previously the organist/director at St. John’s, Portsmouth, Virginia and St. Matthew’s, Austin. Additionally, she is a freelance accompanist, and regularly works with students at Christopher Newport University. Suzanne performs on piano and accordion at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg and accompanies local auditions and coaches singers. Other recent collaborations include Dean Shostak and his Crystal Concerts. In 2013, she was an accompanist for the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute, working with Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer. Ms. Daniel has been involved with 30 different musical theater productions as music director, assistant music director, rehearsal pianist, pit musician, or performer.

Ms. Daniel holds a BM, magna cum laude, in Bassoon Performance from East Carolina University, and a MM in Woodwinds Performance from Ithaca College. She is the principal bassoonist with the Virginia Wind Symphony and the Hampton Roads Philharmonic, and former principal bassoonist of the Austin Civic Orchestra. As a flutist, Suzanne can be heard in a monthly Celtic Eucharist at Grace, First Presbyterian, Hampton, and the Taizé service at Christ & St. Luke’s, Norfolk. She was also a regular contributor to the contemplative service at St. James the Less, Ashland.

Suzanne is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, Pi Kappa Lambda, music honor society, and Sigma Alpha Iota, women’s music fraternity. In addition to performing, Suzanne enjoys calligraphy, cross-stitching, and traveling.

Rebecca Davy
Tuesday Keyboard Demonstration

Tuesday, June 21 • 2pm Wren Chapel Concerts (The College of William and Mary)

Rebecca Davy is the full-time Music Director and Organist at historic Bruton Parish Church, where she directs two adult choirs and handbells, plans liturgy, plays for weekly services, and oversees the Candlelight Concert series of more than 130 performances each year. In the local community, Rebecca is also the artistic director of the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus and Choraliers and regularly plays Saturday morning historical organ recitals in the Wren Chapel at the College of William & Mary. Rebecca has concertized widely throughout her career and now plays numerous organ and harpsichord Candlelight Concerts at Bruton Parish each year.

A native of Washington State, Rebecca completed her bachelor of music degree in organ performance at the University of Puget Sound with former National American Guild of Organists’ president, Dr. Edward Hansen, and then earned two masters degrees from the University of Southern California, one in organ performance with Ladd Thomas and another in music history, with additional post graduate studies in musicology and music theory. She began playing the organ at age 10 and was playing for services in her home church by age 11. Before moving with her family to the east coast, Rebecca served as organist and choir director for three prominent churches and a synagogue in the Los Angeles area and has served Bruton Parish since 2004.

Isaac Drewes
Organ Recitalist

Tuesday, June 21 • 4pm Organ Recital at Bruton Parish Church

Isaac Drewes wass the AAM Gerre Hancock Intern for 2019–2020, serving his internship at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. Drewes received his master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ with David Higgs and held the George Utech Hymnody Fellowship. A graduate of St. Olaf College, he completed his undergraduate studies with Catherine Rodland and held the position of organ scholar at St. Louis, King of France Catholic Church, St. Paul, Minnesota. Since 2021 he has been Associate Director for Music and Worship at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Drewes’s performances have been heard throughout the United States and Canada, including at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montréal, Old West Church in Boston, and St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. He earned first prize in the 2018 Lynnwood Farnam Competition and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. In 2016 and 2017, he performed for Organ Historical Society conventions in Philadelphia and the Twin Cities, respectively. He is also the winner of the 2016 Twin Cities American Guild of Organists Student Competition and a recipient of the Pogorzelski-Yankee and Paul Manz Scholarships. When not at the organ bench, Isaac enjoys bicycling and hiking in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Marques Garrett
Conference Clinician

A Virginia native, Marques L. A. Garrett (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Glenn Korff School of Music. His responsibilities include conducting the auditioned Chamber Singers and non-auditioned University Chorale (soprano-alto) as well as teaching graduate choral literature. Before earning his PhD in Music Education (Choral Conducting) at Florida State University, he was the Director of Choral Activities at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he holds an MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA from Hampton University. Dr. Garrett will be presenting two sessions as well as directing our Closing Eucharist.

The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb
Conference Preacher

The Rev. Kathy Grieb has taught New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) since 1994, and as of 2021, is the new director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (CACS). She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Hollins University, her J.D. from Columbus School of Law (Catholic University of America), her M.Div from VTS, her Ph.D. (with distinction) in Religious Studies (Theology) from Yale University, and her L.L.M. (with distinction) in Canon Law from Cardiff University School of Law. Dr. Grieb has written extensively about preaching and has preached not only at Episcopal parishes in the United States, but also at Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral.

Dr. Carl Haywood
Organ Recitalist, Conductor, and Composer

Sunday, June 19 • 5pm Celebratory Concert at St. James’s Church

Carl W. Haywood, a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, is a cum laude graduate of Norfolk State University and a recipient of the Master of Sacred Music (organ) and Master of Music (choral conducting) degrees from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Haywood who also received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California is recognized as a superb choral conductor/organist with superior musical acumen. His matriculation at SMU afforded him opportunities to study composition, arranging, and conducting with Lloyd Pfautsch while also serving as associate conductor-organist for the SMU Chapel under Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. Pfautsch. It was during this tenure that he composed, arranged, conducted, and sustained the Chapel’s tradition for excellence in music. At USC, his principal teachers included Charles Hirt (choral conducting), Halsey Stevens (composition), and Ladd Thomas (organ).

Dr. Haywood, who has sustained a long tenure at Norfolk State University, is a devoted teacher and friend of students and young musicians. A dynamic advocate of NSU, he was the Director of Choral Activities and conducts the NSU Concert Choir and the Spartan Chorale. Dr. Haywood frequently serves as a clinician, adjudicator, guest conductor, and lecturer for schools, colleges, and churches throughout the country. He also serves as a National Conductor for the 105 Voices of History, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Choir.

Kevin Kwan
Conductor, Tuesday Choral Matins

Tuesday, June 21 • 10:30am Choral Matins at Christ and St. Luke’s Church, Norfolk

Kevin Kwan is the Organist and Director of Music at Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Kwan received his degrees from the University of California, San Diego and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Todd Wilson. Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Kwan served as Organ Scholar at Gloucester Cathedral. After a successful year in England, Mr. Kwan was appointed Assistant Organist at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York City, where he worked daily with the renowned Choir of Men and Boys under the direction of the late John Scott. He is past-Dean of the American Guild of Organists, Tidewater Chapter.

Thomas Marshall
Tuesday Keyboard Demonstration

Tuesday, June 21 • 2pm Wren Chapel Concerts (The College of William and Mary)

Thomas Marshall has been an instructor at the College of William and Mary for 22 years. He has also served for more than two decades as harpsichordist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he has performed numerous works of the concerto grosso style in original orchestrations, on original instruments. He is featured on many of the historical recordings issued by the Foundation.

A longtime member of the American Guild of Organists, he has served as organist for the Williamsburg United Methodist Church since 1977. He performs frequently with the Virginia Symphony, numerous baroque chamber ensembles, and organ and harpsichord recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He has made seven study tours in Europe to examine and play many surviving keyboard instruments from the 15th to the 19th century.

Dr. Christopher Reynolds
Conductor, Opening Eucharist

Monday, June 20 • 9:30am Opening Eucharist at St. Paul’s Church

Dr. Christopher Reynolds was appointed Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Square in January 2016. Prior to this appointment, Christopher was the Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Christopher holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance and Church Music from the University of Michigan, studying with world-renowned organist, Dr. Marilyn Mason. He also earned both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with a Performance Certificate in Organ, and a Master of Music in Organ Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, where he studied with Dr. Steven Cooksey and Dr. W. Dudley Oakes. Christopher holds the Choirmaster Certificate from the AGO and is also active with the Association of Anglican Musicians. Christopher is past-Dean of the Richmond Chapter of the AGO.

The Rev. Dr. William Bradley Roberts
Moderator of Panel Discussions

Monday, June 20 • 1:30pm Panel Discussion I: The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Church Musicians (St. Paul’s Church)

Tuesday, June 21 • 11:50am Panel Discussion II: The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Church Musicians (St. Luke’s Church, Norfolk)

The Rev. William B. Roberts, D.M.A., is the former Director of Chapel Music and Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary. His areas of expertise include voice, conducting, and composition. He taught courses on liturgical music, musicianship, icons, music and contemplative life. Before going to VTS, he was an Episcopal church musician for thirty-three years, serving congregations in Washington, D.C., Arizona, California, Kentucky, and Texas. He has taught on the music faculties of Indiana University Southeast, Southern Seminary, Mars Hills College, and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

Dr. Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Houston Baptist University with double majors in Voice and Music Education. He received the degrees Master of Church Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Southern Seminary (Louisville, KY) with an emphasis in Conducting and Voice. His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Darius Milhaud, His Life and Choral Works with Biblical Texts: A Conductor’s Study.”

St. Paul’s Choir
Choir for Opening Eucharist

Monday, June 20 • 9:30am Opening Eucharist at St. Paul’s Church

The Saint Paul’s Choir was officially vested on Easter Day of 1895. This semi-professional choir leads the Sunday morning services, as well as Choral Evensongs, Lessons and Carols, an Epiphany Carol Service, as well as participating in the Richmond Three Choirs Festival. The music ministry has been led by many prominent musicians in its history, including F. Flaxington Harker, Edouard Nies-Berger, and Raymond F. Glover.

Graham Schultz
Organist, Tuesday Choral Matins

Tuesday, June 21 • 10:30am Choral Matins at Christ and St. Luke’s, Norfolk

A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Graham Schultz currently serves as Associate Director of Music at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Performer’s Certificate from Southern Methodist University, and is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. While in Cleveland, he was Organist and Choirmaster of St. James Church where he oversaw a music program steeped in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Schultz was the Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, New York where he served as the principal organist and assisted in overseeing the nation’s oldest continuously-performing Choir of Men and Boys. He has served as an accompanist for multiple choral residencies in Britain including at the Cathedrals of Durham, Gloucester, Hereford, Rochester, and St. Patrick’s, Dublin. Most recently he accompanied the Incarnation Choir on their 2019 tour of York Minster. His teachers have included Thomas Bara, Charles Rigsby, and Todd Wilson. Mr. Schultz currently serves as co-chair of the 2023 AAM Conference in Dallas.

David Sinden
Organist, Opening Eucharist

Monday, June 20 • 9:30am Opening Eucharist at St. Paul’s Church

David Sinden is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to this appointment he served for five years as Organist & Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Square, in Richmond, Virginia. He was also the Artistic Director of the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale from 2013–2015.