Dr. Patricia Wright

On the occasion of Dr. Patricia Wright’s installation as the fifth Fellow of the Summer Institute of Church Music (F.SICM), two artists sharing her name (meaning ‘Noble’) have created a beautiful new sacred choir anthem.

Canadian poet Patricia Orr and Canadian composer Patrick Murray, both of whom have biographical connections with Dr. Wright via the congregation of Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church where she has been Organist and Director of Music for over thirty years, have created “Morning Hymn”, an anthem for SATB choir as part of SICM’s Fellowship program honouring significant Canadians in the field of Church Music.

Patrick Murray

The short anthem “Morning Hymn” which will be published later in 2017 by Kitchener-based publishing house Kellman Hall, is the fifth such anthem invited of a Canadian composer by the Summer Institute of Church Music and published by Kellman Hall in honour of the Institute’s naming of “Fellows” in tribute to careers dedicated to and influential in the field of church music. Dr. Wright joins past honorees in the biennial program: the late Dr. Kenneth Inkster, Dr. Fred Kimball Graham, Ruth Watson Henderson and Winnifred Sim.

“Morning Hymn” by Patrick Murray with text by Patricia Orr and honouring Patricia Wright will be given its premiere performance by the 2017 SICM Chorale under the direction of Dr. Evelyn Grieger (University of Alberta) on Thursday July 13th 2017 at St. George’s Anglican Church in Oshawa, Ontario. The 48th Session of the Summer Institute of Church Music will be held at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario from Sunday July 9th to Friday July 14th. For information visit SICM’s web site at www.sicm.ca.