Lee Wright - Director of Music Ministry
Lee Stephen Wright, an accomplished church musician and conductor on the local music scene, began his work as Director of Music Ministry and Organist for the Downtown Presbyterian Church in August 2004. Beginning formal piano study at the age of seven, Lee has made music a central focus in his personal and professional life. Following his freshman year in high school, he was introduced to the organ at Interlochen Arts Camp, a world-renowned arts center in Michigan. In 1997, he graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied both organ and piano. In addition to his keyboard studies, violin, voice and conducting have been key areas of interest throughout Lee’s music education.
Lee completed the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and the Sacred Music Diploma with high distinction at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. While at Eastman, he studied organ with David Higgs, harpsichord with Arthur Haas, piano with Douglas Humphreys, and improvisation with Gerre Hancock and William Porter. Lee won first place in the Buffalo American Guild of Organists (A.G.O.) chapter’s Competition for Young Organists in both 1999 and 2001, and in January of 2001, Lee was invited to play a recital on the newly rebuilt E.M. Skinner organ in Severance Hall, in Cleveland, Ohio in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
Lee most recently served for three years as Director of Music Ministry at Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, where he directed a dynamic ministry including five musical ensembles, and established a music and arts series called “Arts Alive!”. Lee also maintains a private piano and organ studio, and is founder and director of the Vivificus! Chamber Players, a new chamber orchestra specializing in repertoire of the 18th century. Last fall, he served as guest/interim conductor of the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus for their 2004 Holiday concert.
Lee is committed to connecting with people in the church and community by building and nurturing unity through the universal language of the arts. Lee is actively continuing his education in choral and orchestral conducting through workshops and private study and plans to continue this work at the graduate level in the future.