Between 3 and 4 p.m., local organist and American Guild of Organists member Alden Wright will play a selection of music on the Aeolian pipe organ in the Conservatory.
Free to members; included with museum admission.
Alden Wright is a recent graduate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied organ with Nathan Laube. He is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina, where he began organ studies in 2012, following years of piano studies. As a performer and national young competitor, Alden holds several distinctions, including being named the winner of the 2019 Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Playing. Previous awards include first place in the 2014 Columbia, SC AGO Young Organist Competition and the 2016 University of North Carolina School of the Arts Organ Competition. He was a recipient of the Robert and Ann Stigall Scholarship, sponsored by the Charlotte Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 2013-2015, and was awarded the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate studies. Alden has performed in many student and solo recitals throughout the country and has participated in masterclasses with many of the world’s top performers. As a passionate church musician, Alden enjoys developing his knowledge of liturgical music through programs such as the Royal School of Church Music’s Carolina Course, hosted at Duke University, where he served as Organ Scholar in the summer of 2019. Previously, Alden has held a number of prestigious positions including Assistant Organist to Director of Music Peter DuBois at Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester from 2018-2020. Locally, Alden can be heard as a member of Christ Church’s Schola Cantorum during their weekly offering of Compline on Sunday nights. Following his studies at Eastman, Alden will serve as Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral in Truro, England under Director of Music Christopher Gray for the 2021-22 academic year.