Alan is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music. Early in his career, he was tutored by Marie-Claire Alain, a distinguished scholar and teacher of the organ in Paris. Alan has a long resume of organ and other musical leadership crossing multiple denominational traditions. For nine years he served as Associate Director of Music and Organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and for more than a decade he served Roman Catholic parishes in the Charleston area. Since returning to his childhood home in Louisburg, Alan has served several congregations in Raleigh, including White Memorial Presbyterian Church and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, an African American parish.