Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

John WrightJohn M. Wright has served as Director of Music Ministries at Northminster Presbyterian Church since October, 2000. He oversees the children's vocal and handbell choirs, and directs Bel Canto (Grades 6 - 10), the 42 voice Chancel Choir, and the Northminster Chamber Ensemble, a group of 12 voices specializing in a cappella Renaissance repertoire. He also serves as founding artistic director for the church's arts series, Sound & Spirit. The series is unique in that it features a variety of music, from bluegrass to classical, free of charge. A native of southwestern Virginia, John previously served as Director of Music Ministries in United Methodist churches in Tennessee and North Carolina, and taught choral music and drama at Randleman High School, Asheboro, North Carolina.

John holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in music (vocal performance) from Emory & Henry College, a graduate teacher's certification from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee in choral conducting.

As a choral singer, John has sung in the Professional Training Workshops presented by Carnegie Hall with conductors Robert Shaw, Neville Marriner, Andre Previn, Helmuth Rilling, Ann Howard Jones, Norman Mackenzie, John Rutter, and Charles Dutoit. He has sung with the Bel Canto Company, Greensboro; Piedmont Chamber Singers, Winston-Salem; Cantare, Knoxville; and currently sings in Pro Musica, Indianapolis. As a conductor, John has prepared and performed several major choral works with orchestra, including Mozart's Requiem, Durufle's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Rutter's Requiem, Dvorak's Te Deum, numerous Bach cantatas, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. As a clinician, John has presented workshops on choral rehearsal techniques, psalmody, global music, and reformed worship.

In his free time, John is an avid backpacker. He has hiked the entire Smoky Mountains National Park (over 800 miles of trail), and has summitted seven peaks over 14,000 feet.