Katherine Wright, Parker, CO

My husband and I sat with you at the Church Music Festival this spring, and we enjoyed talking with you very much. I wanted to tell you that I finally got the chance to perform your piece in sacrament meeting! I just love how you arranged “Master, the Tempest is Raging.” The piece is challenging but still reverent, evocative, unique, and classy. One of my favorite things about it is the extended ending, which allows the feeling of “peace, be still” to really settle in. Many ward members gave compliments. My Relief Society president, not a musician at all, told me that the song helped her imagine the wind and waves. My husband saw several people pull out their hymnals to read the words as I played. Several older gentlemen tearfully expressed their thanks for the song. A young father, who very recently had a stroke, said that when he listened to the music, he felt like everything was going to be all right for him. I had been practicing the piece for about a year, waiting for the right time to play it in church. I guess today was the right day. ? I thought you would like to know that your music made a difference in my ward today! Thanks for sharing your talents in such a personal way. Thanks for writing spiritual music that is fun for a trained pianist to play. I truly appreciate what you do!