Music Staff Bios

Director of Music Ministries- John Wright



John M. Wright has served as Director of Music Ministries at Northminster Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana since 2000. He oversees the children’s vocal and handbell choirs and directs three choirs, including Bel Canto (grades 6 – 11), the 42 voice Chancel Choir, and the Northminster Chamber Ensemble, a group of 12 voices specializing in a cappella Renaissance and 21st century repertoire. He also serves as founding artistic director for the church’s arts series, Sound & Spirit, a unique series that features a variety of music, from bluegrass to Bach, free of charge. A native of southwestern Virginia, Mr. Wright previously served as an adjunct member of the choral faculty of Butler University, Indianapolis, and as Director of Music Ministries in United Methodist churches in Tennessee and North Carolina.
John holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in music (vocal performance) from Emory & Henry College, Emory, Virginia; a graduate teacher’s certification from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He holds membership in the National Association of the Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Guild of Organists.  He is the director of the 2016 Montreat Conference on Worship and Music, sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Music in Worship for ICDA (Indiana Choral Directors’ Association).   John is also a charter member of the Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club.
John has sung under such notable conductors as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Dale Warland, Neville Mariner, Charles Dutoit, Andre Previn, John Rutter, and Norman Mackenzie. He has presented workshops on choral rehearsal techniques, psalmody, and reformed worship planning. In his spare time, John is an avid backpacker. He has hiked the entire Smoky Mountains National Park (over 800 miles) and has summitted nine peaks over 14,000 feet. 


Music Associate/Organist-Marko Petricic


Marko Petričić holds D.M.A. and M.M. degrees from Indiana University where he studied with Dr. Christopher Young, and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Ohio University where his teacher was Dr. H. Joseph Butler. Dr. Petričić is a member of the music faculty at the University of Indianapolis where he has initiated a program in organ and sacred music, and he also taught applied organ lessons and organ literature at Indiana University. He is also Music Associate/Organist at Northminster Presbyterian Church. His performance of Naji Hakim’s “Messe Solennelle” with the Indianapolis Festival Chorus at Christ Church Cathedral was broadcasted on National Public Radio’s “Pipe Dreams”.

Dr. Petričić has won awards in numerous organ competitions, most notably the First Prize at the San Marino National Organ Competition in California. He was a member of the jury for the Fort Wayne National Organ Competition twice, and also for the local

AGO chapter competition in Indianapolis. In July of 2008, Dr. Petričić was one of the recitalists featured at the Organ Historical Society National Convention and his recital was highly praised in “The Diapason”. His CD recording of French Romantic music “French Accent” was released on Pro Organo label. Marko Petričić has performed throughout the United States, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Yugoslavia and Serbia. He also participated in the Summer Organ Academy in Leipzig, Germany and French Organ Music Seminar in Paris, France. During the summer of 2009, Dr. Petričić opened the ninth International Organ Festival in Belgrade, Serbia, and his performance “dazzled the audience” in the words of the critics. His full interview and an artist profile was published in the August issue of the National Airlines Magazine (JAT Airways).

As an accomplished bayan-accordion performer, Marko Petričić has won top prizes at International competitions in Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia, and the United States. He has performed for the Yugoslav National Radio and Television and with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. His bayan CD “The Years of Pilgrimage” received an excellent review from the “Accordions Worldwide” reviews.His passion for various musical genres led to a concert of Spanish and South American music for the Embassy of Spain in Puerto Rico, as a result of a prize won at the Latin American Music Center competition at Indiana University.


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