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 was invited to premiere the Toronto Organ Series 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.
Dr. Wright is a founding member and 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. She has released a compact disc recording, "Sounds of the Soul", marking the addition of the antiphonal division of Metropolitan's organ in 1998. Since then, she has conducted the choir for four more CDs available on this website.
Dr. Wright 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.
At Metropolitan, Dr. Wright is simply "Pat," or "Patricia" if we're feeling especially formal. She leads our exceptional 32-voice church choir, directs the Metropolitan Festival Choir and the orchestra for special concerts, plays the organ for Sunday services, and leads the Metropolitan Handbell Choir.