Sessional Teaching Staff: Keyboard, Organ
M.F.A. (Carnegie-Mellon), D.M.A. (Yale) FRCCO (HON)Email
Recitals: Major recitals for the American Guild of Organists in 2003, Royal Canadian College of Organists National Convention in 1999, International Congress of Organists in 1993, other recitals throughout North America and Europe Broadcasts and recording: Numerous recital broadcasts on the CBC and on US National Public Radio ‘Pipedreams’; ""Sounds of the Soul"" recording at Metropolitan United Church, Toronto Adjudication: various national RCCO competitions, North American finals of Calgary International Organ Competition Workshops: co-leader of two historic organ study tours of Northern Germany and Southern Germany, Austria, and Prague; conducting workshops for Mendelssohn Choir and CAMMAC, workshops throughout Canada on French ‘St. Clotilde’ tradition, variety of organ repertoire subjects, Summer Institute of Church Music instructor, national workshops on organist-clergy working relationships Associations: Current executive member, Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists; Member of RCCO National Council and national chair, Professional Support Committee, past national-president of the RCCO, honorary FRCCO Founding member of the United Church of Canada Association of Musicians, national chair First Congregational Designated Minister of Music in the United Church of Canada
Recitalist and workshop presenter, Royal Canadian College of Organists National Convention in Winnipeg, July, 2015 Continuing work on promoting the organ to young students and mentoring through the Royal Canadian College of Organists and Metropolitan United Church Continuing work on increasing the profile of the organ to the public through recitals with varying themes and repertoire Continuing collaborative educational projects such as masterlasses through the Faculty of Music, Royal Canadian College of Organists and various churches
Dr. Patricia Wright, Adjunct Professor of Organ at the Faculty of Music and cross-appointed to the Master of Sacred Music program, Emmanuel College, has been Minister of Music of Metropolitan United Church in Toronto since September of 1986 where she plays the largest pipe organ in Canada, conducts several choirs, manages a concert series, and oversees a varied programme of arts in worship. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, she holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. Major teachers have included Donald Wilkins, Charles Krigbaum, Nadia Boulanger and Jean Langlais. Active as a recitalist, adjudicator, and clinician, Dr. Wright has been heard in recital in Canada, the United States, and Europe and has been broadcast on the C.B.C. She has held positions in New Haven and Ottawa, has taught at the University of Ottawa, and has served as a competition judge throughout North America. Dr. Wright was invited to premiere the Toronto Organ Series in Montreal at the International Congress of Organists in 1993 and was a featured recitalist at the 1999 national convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the 2003 American Guild of Organists Region II Convention. She is a founding member and past national co-chair of the United Church of Canada Association of Musicians and is a past national president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, having received an honorary Fellowship in 1997. Her recording, "Sounds of the Soul", marks the addition of the Metropolitan organ's antiphonal division in 1998.