"Do it, just because you can"

When I look back on my journey to becoming the musician that I am today, I realize that my involvement with choirs within the school and church settings have had a great impact on my development. These experiences began as a child and continued to evolve as I grew older. Upon moving to South Florida as a young adult, I conducted many local choirs throughout Miami-Dade and Broward County and began working with several colleges and universities. I fondly recall being choir director for the W.R. Butler Inspiration Concert Choir at the University of Miami, Florida. Further, In 2004, I accompanied the National Children’s Choir of The Bahamas in Russia for the Moscow international youth competition where they won first place. In 2002, my arrangement of Sweet Sweet Spirit was recorded by the Florida Memorial College Ambassador Chorale. In 2003, my mother, Audrey Dean-Wright and I, collaborated on a composition entitled “Lord Make Me An Instrument of Thy Peace,” which was featured at the Southeastern African American Collegiate Festival (SEAAC) and hosted by The College of The Bahamas. I was blessed to return to SEAAC in 2010, this time as a featured guest composer along with Rosephanye Powell. This year my composition, “When the Moon Went Down on Purple Street,” will be presented at the América Cantat 8 International Festival in conjunction with the American Choral Directors Association hosted by The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

I am humbled and blessed to have been involved in so many great and colorful experiences that have helped me become a whole musician. These experiences are invaluable and irreplaceable. I feel that a part of my purpose in life is to share this gift with those musicians who are coming behind me. I have continued to train and mentor young musicians in order to help them reach their fullest potential and have an impact on the music world. A part of the overall mission of the Legato Vocal Ensemble is to help bolster and influence music education world-wide by providing workshops, master classes, compositions, and performances that will help create and sustain future generations of musicians. Chorale music has become an endangered species in the world of the arts. It is our goal to make sure that it doesn’t become extinct. As we travel around the world, we hope to share our gifts and skills while making a mark on music history. We want to make sure that the future of music is multicultural, diverse, and representative of all the gifts God has given us. We hope that you will partner with us to help make this dream a reality.