PASTOR CHANTEL RENEE WRIGHT: Is a native of Chicago, Illinois where she started her career as an award winning choral conductor. She received her formal education at VanderCook College of Music where she received her BA degree in Music Education. As part of her undergraduate studies, Chantel had the privilege to study in London, England with Ian Pleeth and travel throughout Europe as a soloist. Ms. Wright started her professional career in Atlanta, Georgia where she served as a music educator in the Dekalb County Public Schools and exposed her students to the highest level of artistry as they performed the Frostiana by Randall Thompson at Carnegie Hall. After seven years of service, the bright lights of the big city called her name and she responded. In New York, Chantel hit the ground running as the new Director of the Girls Choir of Harlem, as well as Minister of Music at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, New York. An honor celebrated by few women, Ms. Wright gave her gifts to the young people of Queens, New York as the Artistic Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra Youth Gospel Choir. Not only did she gather valuable experience as an orchestral conductor, her work with the orchestra encouraged her to incorporate her own non-profit organization, SONGS OF SOLOMON: An Inspirational Ensemble, Inc. Immediately the ministry bloomed and was found on the major television networks. SONGS OF SOLOMON was featured on the Early Show on CBS, winners of the 1st place prize in the McDonald’s Gospelfest and Pathmark Gospel Choir Competitions, shared the stage with American Idol Kelly Clarkson on the NBC 4th of July celebration, and served for five years at the US Tennis Open. The Ensemble has toured the East Coast, Florida, Wisconsin, Chicago, Atlanta, Texas, Detroit, Utah, Vegas, and Canada and recently worked with the “Y.E.S.” program in Bermuda. 2003 lead the organization from Queens to Harlem where the Ensemble held its debut concert at Aaron Davis Hall featuring recording artists, Twinkie Clark, Lorraine Stancil, and Melonie Daniels. The Ensemble has performed with Elton John at Radio City Music Hall, sang with opera’s great, Jessye Norman at the Greenbrier Country Club and performed with American Idol, Fantasia Barrio for their second appearance on the NBC, Macy’s 4th of July Celebration, but most of all, the choir is committed to spread the Good News. Being totally committed to youth and their spiritual, intellectual and artistic growth, Chantel knew the only way to shape a generation of spirited, world class musicians would be to work in conjunction with the education system, thus implementing the SONGS OF SOLOMON ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS which directly serves New York City students in instrumental and vocal music. Students too far to number from the tri- state area have had performance opportunities that rival professional artist around the world. The Ensemble has worked tirelessly over the past nine years under Professor Wright’s baton and has garnered national and international acclaim. Today the Ensemble finds itself as a mainstay at the world famous Carnegie Hall since they were chosen to participate in the Honor Choral Music Festival conducted by Dr. Craig Jessop and curated by Jessye Norman. They have performed the opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites” to Verdi’s “Requiem” and yet finds a way to sing any audience into a place of peace. Committed to building a literate music community, Chantel lends her gifts to the vocal music department of the Steinhardt School of Music at the New York University. Chantel Renee Wright is a licensed and ordained Pastor and the founder of Pneuma Ministries International. Most recently Pastor Wright can be found on WLIB as the host of “Joy in the Morning.” Chantel is sought after as a choral clinician nationally and internationally where this past year she held voice workshops in the Roma Gospel Festival. She is the recipient of the New York Times Teacher’s Who Matters Most Award, Who’s Who among American Teachers, The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble Community Service Award and the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Community Service Award and the Riverside Club for Education. She loves God, Music and Children: her life is dedicated to the pursuit of all three.