Dr. Patricia Wright
Dr. Patricia Wright has been Director of Music and Organist of Metropolitan United Church since September 1986 , where she plays the largest pipe organ in Canada, conducts adult and children’s choirs, manages a concert series, and oversees a varied programme of arts in worship. In September of 2010, she was covenanted as the United Church’s first Congregational Designated Minister of Music. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Dr. Wright holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University as a student in the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Her teachers have included Donald Wilkins, Charles Krigbaum, Nadia Boulanger, Jean Langlais, and Michael Schneider.
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 CBC. She has held positions in New Haven and Ottawa, has taught at the University of Ottawa, and has served as a judge at various organ competitions. Dr. Wright currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organ at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and is cross-appointed as an Adjunct Professor to Victoria University as part of the Master of Sacred Music program at Emmanuel College.