Jay R. Wright
Pianist · Arranger · Musical Director
Phone: 323.243.7928 · Email: keybordz@yahoo.com
Education

•  North Carolina Central University , Masters of Music in Jazz Studies, 2008-current
•  Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts , Musical Directing Internship, 2002-2003 Season
•  East Carolina University , Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (May 2002)
•  North Carolina State University , Bachelor of Science, Applied Math & Computer Science

Piano:
Ed Paolantonio
John Novello
Dr. Paul Tardif, East Carolina University
Tom Lohr, Meredith College

Organ:
Dr. Janette Fishell, East Carolina University
Colin Andrews

Conducting/Musical Direction:
Jeremy Mann, University of California-Los Angeles
Kevin Robison, Asst. Conductor, Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

 
Instruments
Piano, synthesizer, organ, percussion.
 
Skills

Excellent sight-reading, transposition, improvisation, arranging, vocal coaching, synthesizer programming, MIDI sequencing, digital audio production.

 
Jazz Pianist

Solo
- Radisson Hotel & Convention Center, Santa Maria, CA

w/Leslie Nesbitt
- Loews Beverly Hills Hotel
- Lido Restaurant, Manhattan Beach
- Hiyama Restaurant, Thousand Oaks

w/Jean Shy
- Beverly Hills Hotel

w/Carnival® Cruise Lines
- M/S Ecstasy Showband, 8/2003 - 12/2003

w/Cyndra Fyore Jazz Quartet, Pianist, 1998-2003
- 2003 International Association of Jazz Education Convention
- S/S Norway , Norwegian Cruise Lines
- appearances throughout North Carolina and the southeast

w/East Carolina University 'A' Jazz Ensemble: Pianist, 1999-2002
- 2002 East Coast Jazz Festival
- Universal Studios Florida
- 2001 Southeast Regional MENC Conference, Louisville

 
Theatre Productions
Musical Director/Pianist
2005 Fall Graduation Showcase American Musical & Dramatic Academy, Los Angeles 2005

Musical Director

Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

6/2005-9/2005

Assistant Musical Director

Anything Goes

USC School of Theatre

4/2005

Keyboards

Will Rogers Follies

Downey Civic Light Opera

10/2004

Musical Director

The Wildest!!! (world premiere)

PCPA Theatrefest

6/2004-8/ 2004

Assistant Musical Director

Fiddler On The Roof

PCPA Theatrefest

4/2004-5/2004

Musical Director/Pianist

The Last 5 Years

PCPA Theatrefest

2/2004-3/2004

Musical Director/Conductor

Wonderful Town

PCPA Theatrefest

6/2003-8/2003

Assistant Musical Director

Crazy For You

PCPA Theatrefest

3/2003-5/2003

Musical Director

The Wildest!!! (workshop)

PCPA Theatrefest

2/2003

Assistant Musical Director

Honk!

PCPA Theatrefest

10/2002-12/2002

Keyboards

Sweeney Todd

PCPA Theatrefest

7/2002-8/2002

Accompanist

South Pacific

ECU Dept. of Theatre

9/2001-10/2001

Musical Director

Company

ECU Dept. of Theatre

3/2001-4/2001

Accompanist/Keyboards

The King and I

ECU Summer Theatre

6/2000

Musical Director

The Boyfriend

St. Mary's School

5/1999

Keyboards

Forever Plaid

Raleigh Little Theatre

3/1999

Keyboards

Damn Yankees

Neuse Little Theatre

5/1998

Keyboards

How To Succeed In Business.

Raleigh Little Theatre

9/1997

Keyboards

Pirates of Penzance

Raleigh Little Theatre

6/1997

 
Accompanying
American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Los Angeles

Musical Theatre Performance classes

9/2004-4/2005

 
Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA)

Singing Techniques For The Actor

9/2002 - 5/2003, 1/2004 - 5/2004

Musical Theatre Ensemble

9/2002 - 5/2003, 1/2004 - 5/2004

West Coast audition tour

2/2003, 2/2004

Joanna Gleason master class

9/2003

Susan Egan master class

9/2004

Jason Robert Brown master class

2/2004

 
East Carolina University Dept. of Theatre and Dance

Advanced Musical Theatre Techniques

9/2000 - 5/2002

 
Greenville Chorale Society

Youth Chorale

9/2000-12/2000

 
Church Organist

- Universalist Unitarian Community Church , Santa Monica, CA
- United University Church [USC] , Los Angeles, CA
- Dominguez United Methodist Church , Long Beach, CA
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Santa Maria, CA
- Our Redeemer Lutheran Church , Greenville, NC, Musical Director & Organist, 1/2001 - 6/2002

 
Awards and Honors

- Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Fraternity
- East Carolina University Outstanding Senior, Keyboard Department , Class of 2002
- East Carolina University Henry Wooten Piano Scholarship