Our Conductor and Musical Director, Dr. Jerome Wright
Dr. Wright “Jerry” is a native of Everett, Washington, where he graduated from Everett High School. He conducted his first church choir at the age of sixteen, and majored in music at the University of Washington, receiving a BA in Music Education and an advanced degree in orchestral conducting, studying with the late Dr. Stanley Chapple (who taught Leonard Bernstein) and choral conducting with Rodney Eichenberger. He has two doctorates – a PhD in Metaphysics and Comparative Religion, and a Doctor of Divinity. He was ordained in 1984.
Maestro Wright has conducted a number of community based adult choirs that include the Seattle Oratorio Society and a similar group in Snohomish County. For the last twenty-eight years of his regular career he was the Founder and Artistic Director of the renowned Seattle Girls’ Choir – a group that has won first prizes in international competition in Vienna, Canada and at the Eisteddfod in Wales. He established community bases choirs for youth in Snohomish, King and Pierce Counties. He was the first Artistic Director for Ancora – a women’s choir founded by alumnae of the Seattle Girls’ Choir. He has conducted thousands of singers over the years, and takes special delight in watching his students develop their talents.
He has conducted throughout Europe and the United States, and directed the National Youth Choir of Israel in the summer of 1987. He was principal conductor for the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival in 2009 at the great Salzburg Cathedral. He is an adjudicator, festival choir director, and has presented master classes at professional gatherings and universities, including Harvard. An author, he is working on a book on choral tone, plus a book on developing the choral art. A chapter he wrote for a special book on training young choirs will be published in the near future. He is also a composer and arranger.
Jerry has four sons, Ron, Paul, Patrick, and Perryn – “The Wright Brothers” – and eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. He is a baritone who has soloed around the Northwest and is an accomplished oboist and woodwind specialist.