Dr. Jason A. Wright is thrilled to be joining the Savannah Children’s Choir this season and SCC’s Low Country Choir in Bluffton. He is also the director of music and organist at All Saints Episcopal Church, Hilton Head Island.
Jason comes to us with a diverse musical background. He has directed choirs and taught at the collegiate level for over a decade and spent four glorious years in a private Episcopal School in North Carolina, that boasts a comprehensive fine arts program, to which he served as chair of the department. He has served as a guest conductor and adjudicator of choirs of various ages in CA, DC, FL, IN, LA, NC, SC, TN, and VA. For over twenty-five years he has maintained a studio of voice and piano students. In addition to his career in music education, he has served the church for twenty years as choirmaster and organist in primarily Episcopal and Lutheran Churches. He was the founder and artistic director of The Kerner Chorale and their professional choir, The Kerner Singers in North Carolina.
Jason holds the doctorate of musical arts (DMA) in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina, the master’s degree (MM) in choral conducting/vocal pedagogy and a graduate certificate in music education from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and the bachelor’s degree (BM) in sacred music/organ performance from East Carolina University, where he studied organ with Janette Fishell. His conducting teachers include Daniel Bara, William Carroll, Larry Wyatt, and Welborn Young. In addition to degrees in music he holds a graduate certificate in higher education administration from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Jason’s research is focused on the choral music of McNeil Robinson; the effects of conducting gesture and handedness on choral ensemble performance quality; and the rise of choral conducting programs in the U.K. in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (assisted by U.K. conductor, Paul Spicer). His research and articles have been published in The Journal of the Anglican Association of Musicians, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and The Organist’s Companion. At this time, articles are pending publication in the Choral Journal and The American Organist magazine.
His professional affiliations include: American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), American Guild of Organists (AGO), College Music Society (CSM), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCM). He has served on the boards of many of these organizations.
To read more about Jason, please visit his personal website www.jallenwright.com