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Music, Community Engagement, & Social Action: Nicole Wright

Nicole Wright, Opus 118

Wednesday, Nov. 4 @ 7:00 PM

This is an online event via Zoom and Youtube Live. Click here to register.

Nicole Wright will speak about her work as Master Teacher at Opus 118, Harlem School of Music, a program begun in 1981 in East Harlem by violin teacher Roberta Guaspari Tsavaris, and supported over the years by numerous renowned musicians such as Arnold Steinhardt, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Bobby McFerrin. Opus 118, committed to the local community, transforms the lives of students and their families through access to quality music education both in-school and after-school, while fostering teacher development and introducing performance to new audiences.

As an award-winning violinist and violist, Dr. Wright began her studies at the age of five at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Viola performance from Ithaca College, Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University. 

Dr. Wright was for many years a member of Jeunes Virtuoses de New York, performing in multiple tours of France. She is currently a violist in the Symphony in C Orchestra, New York Festival Orchestra, Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Orchestra and Harlem Chamber Players ensemble. Ms. Wright was an onstage musician at the Metropolitan Opera for the Manon Lescaut Opera, and she performed at the White House Correspondents Dinner Pre-party under the Obama administration. She toured Guadeloupe, France with Ensemble du Monde, Panama City Panama with the Funsincopa organization, and the Tri state area with the wordless orchestra. Dr. Wright is a multi-genre performer who has appeared on the David Letterman show, Saturday Night Live, and the Tonight Show. She also has appeared in the movies ‘Music of the Heart’ (about the Opus 118 program, with Meryl Streep) and ‘Changing Lanes.’

This event is co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Center. It will be approximately 60 mins with time for Q&A. Visit the Speaker Series webpage for more information and to learn about other events in the series.