Music Staff BiosLyn Loewi, Interim Director of Music and Organist
Lyn Loewi studied organ with John Rodland, Marilyn Mason, Herbert Nanney. Almut Roessler, and Marie-Claire Alain. She completed her D.M.A. at Stanford University in 1983, and holds a unanimous First Prize in Organ from the French National Conservatory. In addition to her many years as a church musician, she has been the organist of the Oregon Symphony and taught at the University of Minnesota, Portland State University, and Lewis and Clark College.

Alberto Gutierrez, Music Administrator

Alberto Gutierrez has served symphony orchestras for more than 20 years, covering all the facets of artistic planning and operations from small to large budget orchestras.  Alberto currently consults as artistic advisor for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado Music Festival.   He has served as vice president of artistic administration with the Colorado Symphony, general manager of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and in operations positions with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the San Antonio and Portland symphony orchestras.  Alberto started out in the orchestra field at the League of American Orchestras where he managed the Youth Orchestra Division and the Music Assistance Fund, a scholarship program for aspiring orchestral musicians of African American descent.

Michie Akin, interim associate choirmaster

H. Michie Akin is Artistic Director of St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts, based at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas, Texas. From 2010 to 2015, Mr Akin served as as Director of Music and Arts at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. Prior to that he served for eight years as Organist/Choirmaster for the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Dallas. He also is the founding conductor and artistic director emeritus of the Arts District Chorale in Dallas. A native Texan, he holds degrees from the School of Music, Baylor University, Waco, Texas; and the School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, awarded with distinction. He began doctoral studies in piano at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Connecticut in preparation for a college career in teaching. While in Hartford, he took a “temporary” position as music director at St. Bernard’s Church in Enfield, CT. This “temporary” position turned into a distinguished twenty-five year career in worship, music and the arts. After moving back to Texas in 1985, Mr. Akin was appointed Director of Liturgical Music for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas. He also served as Assistant Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Dallas and for ten years was Director of English Music for Cathedral Guadalupe in the downtown Arts District. Originally trained as a pianist, Mr. Akin took a 16-year hiatus from playing the piano to pursue other professional interests. He returned to public performance in 1997, and in succeeding years has performed at the annual Summer Music Festival of Alta Riborgorza, Spain; in Italy at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival; and most recently, at the Seventh Festival Sauvanese in Monte San Savino. In 1999 and again in 2000, Mr. Akin was one of 100 candidates from around the world to participate in the Concours des Grands Amateurs de Piano in Paris, France. In 2004, and again in 2006, he was one of six finalists in the Rocky Mountain International Amateur Piano Competition. In the 2004 competition, he received two special awards from the panel of judges for Best Performance in Romantic and Contemporary repertoire.

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