Charles K. Wright was a man with a unique talent and great passion for music and using that avenue to build kids’ confidence. He directed the Greenfield-Central High School choir for 20 years. Before retiring in 1987, he was the former director and co-founder of the Greenfield Community Choir, and the former director of the Greenfield Christian Church choir. Charles Wright was an incredible man who had a power that few teachers ever acquire: he could convince football players to wear tights and love it. Under his tutelage, the choir became a melting pot of athletes, serious musicians and average students who found themselves singing everything from classical music to “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the rock group Queen.
He had a true talent with his great voice, which landed him a role as a tenor soloist with Union Theological Seminary Chapel Choir in New York City in the early 1960s. Beyond being a tenor here and with other choirs, he directed various other choirs because he always wanted to be a teacher and saw music as a way to help build the confidence of students…he even took them to Canada and New York for competitions to try to help them see a bit of the world too! His personality and intense approach impacted many lives.
The Greenfield Community Choir established the Charles K. Wright Scholarship Endowment in 2008 in honor and in fond memory of Charles Wright. Applicants must be graduating seniors of Greenfield-Central High School. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.