Scott Wright

Scott Wright


School of Music

Associate Professor
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  • BM (Music Education),  University of Michigan (1987)
  • MM (Music Education),  Arizona State University (1992)
  • DMA (Clarinet Performance), Arizona State University (1999)

At UK since: 2002

Dr. Scott Wright currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at UK in 2002, he served as the Professor of Clarinet, Director of Instrumental Music Education, and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  Additionally, he began his professional career teaching K-12 music for the public schools of Longview, Washington from 1987-97.

Dr. Wright received music education degrees from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from Arizona State University. Former teachers include Robert Spring, James Pyne, John Mohler, Stan Stanford, and Evelyn Angerman.

With an extensive background in K-12 education (spanning over 30 years), Wright focuses tremendous energy in the area of music education.  He concentrates his vast experience as a performing artist and as an ensemble director to prepare his college students to thrive and succeed as both performers and as inspirational teachers in the public and private sector.  His former students are active around the globe as orchestral musicians, university faculty members, K-12 educators, and private studio instructors.  

Wright has performed with numerous ensembles including the Arizona Opera Orchestra, Ensemble 21 (Phoenix), the Southwest Washington Symphony (Longview, WA), the Bloch International Music Festival Orchestra (Newport, OR), the Yaquina Chamber Orchestra (Newport, OR), the Northwest Wind Symphony (Olympia, WA), the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (WI), and the Lexington Philharmonic (KY).  He has recorded extensively with the Trade Winds Ensemble (Tampa, FL), and he is active as a soloist, clinician, adjudicator, and conductor throughout the United States with recent performances in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas.  Additionally, Dr. Wright has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe with pianist Linda Halloin as Duo Pegasus.  Their concerts, recitals, and educational presentations have been roundly praised as innovative, virtuosic, and wildly entertaining.

Wright has been married to his wife Eileen since 1987, and they have three grown sons—Stephen, Garrison, and Calvin.  

Scott Wright is a Buffet Performing Artist

Created 07/20/2021
Last Updated 11/30/2021