Alan Lewis, director of music at Calvary Episcopal, Shadyside, passed on that one of his choristers recently became the first American to earn the Gold Award from the Royal School of Church Music.
Alexandra Dixon-Ernst, 17 and now a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University, took an examination in June run by the long-standing music-educational institution in England (with branches in America). Basically, Dixon-Ernst showed a ton vocal talent and sensitivity to church music.
Lewis, who is obviously proud of her, should know. She is an eleven-year veteran of his choir at Calvary Episcopal Church. Dixon-Ernst also earned Bronze and Silver Awards in 2006 and 2007. Maybe we will hear more from her down the road.