Alexander Pryor, MDiv

Job Title: 

Instructor in Church Music; Director of Music, Worship, and Residential Life

First Name: 

Alexander

Last Name: 

Pryor

Phone: 

(262) 646-6520

E-mail: 

apryor@nashotah.edu

Education: 

MDiv, Nashotah House Theological Seminary; BMusEd, Memorial University of Newfoundland; BMus, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Bio: 

Born in a small fishing community in Newfoundland, Canada, Alexander Pryor began his musical studies at the age of 5. Baptized in the Anglican Church of Canada, but raised in a town without any Anglican clergy, he was influenced by evangelical Methodists and Salvation Army brass bands from a young age. He played his first service at 9, held his first Assistant Organist position at 12, and became an Organ Scholar at 16, playing and rehearsing weekly with a 35-voice choir that frequently included brass quintet and percussion. Comfortable with a variety of musical styles, Alexander has also played piano in contemporary worship bands, and even performed both song and dance on stage at Tokyo Disney and World Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. Having earned the B.Mus. and B.Mus.Ed. degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Alexander taught briefly in Harlow, UK before being called to ordination and sent to Nashotah House to earn the M.Div. degree. While a student, Alexander was appointed Associate Director of Chapel Music, and was hired as a full-time Teaching Fellow upon graduation, being elected to the faculty of Nashotah House in 2016. He was ordained deacon in 2013 and priest in 2015, being resident in the Diocese of Calgary (Canada). His research interests include the intersection of linguistics, sociology, and music, particularly looking at how music communicates and creates meaning and the implications of that non-verbal communication on the worship of the Church. Presently, he is exploring the ways that film music (soundtrack) studies can help understand the narrative function of music in the liturgy. Alexander is studying towards the prestigious Fellow by Examination certification of the Guild of Church Musicians, awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Fr. Alex lives with his wife Kristina, two young children (Theophilus, 4; Lorelai, 2), and an inquisitive cat named Daisey on the wooded lake-side campus of Nashotah House.
 

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