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Volume 4 Issue 7 - April 1999

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usician in om· Midst

usician in om· Midst Patricia Phillips Wright INTERVIEWED BY ALLAN PULKER As a child in small town Pennsylvania Patricia Phillips Wright was enthralled by the soWld of the organ at the church she attended. She began her musical ~tudies as a very yoWlg child on the piano, but by the time she was in her last year of high school she was the organist at her church. She attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, becoming the . assistant organist to her teacher at a big Episcopal church. She later attended the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, from which received her Master's and Doctoral degrees. Now, as the Minister of Music at Metropolitan United Church in downtown Toronto, she presides over the musical activities of one of the largest churches in the city. A good cluirch musician, she explained, has to be one of the most highly trained in the music business - "you need to a skilled perfonner on the a conductor and an arranger. addition, since the job includes encouraging the gifts of others you need t be good with people, including children and you need an understanding of theology and liturgy, ·in order to collaborate intelligently with the clergy in plmming services." , At the centre of Dr. Wright's activities is the organ, a five manual, 8,240 · pipe Casavm1t, the largest in Canada. Then there is the choir, a group of highly talented singers many of whom are solo perfonners. The Music at Metropolitatl concert series, which she orgm1izes, frequently feature choir members- on April 24, for example, choir member, soprat1o Lucy Carrick Wedel will sing, accompanied on guitar and piano by choir member, Benjamin Stein aqd on Celtic harp by Janet Gadeski, who is the church administrator. In addition there are three children's choirs, atld a children's music day camp In the stumner. She also organizes two organ recital series featuring talented young perfonners, called "Organ Futures" in November and May. With respect to her liturgical responsibilities Dr. Wright says she feels especially blessed to have as her collaborator in this area the church's minister, Malcolm Sinclair, who is also a talented singer. (You eat! hear him at tl1e Music at Metropolitatl Concert May 15.) Dr. Wright also feels very strongly about the training of children. At the day cmnp last sununer the children created a musical theatre piece about street kids. Work on it is progressing and tl1e perfonnance will take place at the morning service at Metropolitan on May 2nd. A month before that on Good Friday, April2, her choir with a professional orchestra and soloists will perfonn J.S. Bach's St. Jolm Passion, This will be the sixth time she has conduc.ted the St. Jolm Passion, about which she is very enthusiastic. "It is shorter and more dramatic than the St. Matthew Passion. It has beautiful, contemplative arias, really sublime moments, so much to discover ... the dissonant hannonies on words like "suffer'' and "sim1er" for example .. "Orgat1 Futures" begins again with a recital on May 5 at 5:15. "The idea arose out of discussions betweei\ church members. "We wanted to present atl organ recital series, but didn't want to duplicate the noon-hour series at three other downtown churches. We decided to try 5:30 in the allernoon, and it has worked well - people come in on their way home There are a couple of really keen talented sixteen year olds right now, one studying witl1 me, the other with Jolm Tuttle." Tuttle's student will be among the recitalists in the May series. She also drew my attention to the Royal Canadian College of Organists' ~'Toronto Organ Day" Saturday, May I. The Metropolitan organ will be featured .. "This is a very creative place to work," she enthuses. "Malcolm is very creative and he attracts creative people." Her def1ection of credit notwithstanding,. it is clear that she plays no small part in making Metropolitan such a torrent of creativity in the Toronto musical scene. Musicians in our midst is photographed by Michael Shaw. Ashley & Crippen, Photographers 200 Davenport Rd. 416 925-2222 TORONTO's ONLY COMPREHENSIVE CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORi)RY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE WHOLENOTE'S LOOK AT SUMMER CAMPS Last year "fVholeNote introduced its first supplement on summer music education. This year the supplement is even bigger and includes programs for. all ages .. Some programs below accept 6 month old infants, others take seniors. The "All Ages" category means that a program offers courses for students of many ages, but not that each course is open to everyone. "Children and Youth" programs are for those 18 and under. "Young Musicians" are musicians young in experience, but not necessarily age. We have done the best to ensure that all infomwtion is correct and current at time of publication, but please confirm all details including program contents, entrance requirements, deadlines, and pn'ces with the individual organizations. A program s presence on the list is not a WholeNote endorsement. SECTIONS I. All Ages II. Children and Youth III. Young Musicians and Adults IV. Adult Learners PROGRAM Aria International Summer Academy III CAMMAC I Cedar Glen I Canadian Academy for the Arts and Music II Canadian Children's Opera Chorus II Canadian Opera Company II Centuries Opera Association III Canadian Organ Festival III Classical Pursuits IV Creative Artist Productions III Diocese of Toronto 11 Domaine Forget III International School for Musical Arts III Interprovincial Music Camp II Juan Tomas Music Studio III Kingsway Conservatory of Music I National Music Camp of Canada II Ontario Choral Federation II Orford Arts Centre III pro VOCE Studios I Royal Conservatory of Music I Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute III Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Centre II St. Christopher House Music School I Toronto District School Board -- City of York·II Toronto District School Board -- Etobicoke II Toronto Suzuki Music Camp II University of Toronto Faculty of Music I . University Settlement Music School I Yip's Music Centre II ' .

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