Violinist Michelina Wright

Kristine_WhitsonMichelina Wright comes from the Chicago area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2000. In the same year, her string quartet traveled to South Bend, Indiana, where they reached the semi-finals in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The summer of 2000, she attended Roundtop International Music Festival in Texas, where her quintet was among the ensembles selected for Best of Chamber Music. Ms. Wright obtained her master’s degree in music performance at the California Institute of the Arts, where she participated in various ensembles, including the New Millennium Players. She has performed with the St. Louis Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the El Paso Opera, has held the position of Principal Second with the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and was Concertmaster for the Santa Clara Chamber Orchestra, where she was a soloist in 2005. She regularly plays with the Riverside Philharmonic, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the LA Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra, and has had the opportunity to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on several occasions, once under the guidance of Michael Tilson Thomas. Michelina has appeared on episodes of Boston Public, has recorded for Sony Classical artist Mario Frangoulis, and is the featured violinist on the IMAX soundtrack Mystery of the Nile, along with Mike Schmid's album The High Cost of Living (A Love Story). She also performed on Dave Matthews’ ‘You and Me’ music video and had the honor of performing with Carmen Lundy and is featured on her CD and DVD “Jazz and the New Songbook.”

In addition to performing, Ms. Wright also has a passion for teaching, having taught with various organizations for the past twenty years. She began teaching with the Santa Clarita Youth Orchestra in 2000, taught with the non-profit youth organization Harmony Project for fifteen years, and has been the Strings Director at Laurel Hall School since 2002 and at Village Christian since 2018.