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David Wright Biography

David Wright

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David Wright has become one of the most influential musicians in the history of the BHS. He has researched the origins of barbershop harmony and, since 1986, has been teaching a course on the history of the style at the BHS annual Harmony University. Also at that educational event, David's tag-singing class has become a "must" for barbershop enthusiasts.

As a composer, arranger and historian David has been featured in national radio and TV broadcasts at home and abroad, and has authored several articles on barbershop harmony and its role in the world of vocal harmony. His work often integrates the "close harmony" style with jazz, blues, gospel, country, doo-wop and contemporary a cappella. David has been on the leadership team of the St. Charles Missouri Ambassadors of Harmony since 1981, serving as Director from 1981 to 1990, and again from 1999 to 2001. He now serves as Associate Director.

David has served as arranger and musical consultant for numerous quartet and chorus champions and medalists, for both male and female barbershop organizations, including Dallas Vocal Majority, Masters of Harmony, Toronto

Northern Lights, Ambiance, Gas House Gang, Jokers Wild, Nightlife, Revival, Michigan Jake, Four Voices, Gotcha! and Vocal Spectrum. In the BHS Judging system he helped design the Music category and served as its first category specialist.

In the world of mathematics he is known as David Wright, PhD., a graduate of Columbia University, New York City. He is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he currently serves as Department Chair. A leading researcher in the fields of affine algebraic geometry and polynomial automorphisms, he has produced landmark publications in these areas and has been an invited speaker at numerous international mathematics conferences. He designed and teaches a university course in Mathematics and Music.

His wife, Sandi, a double gold medalist in Sweet Adelines International, sang baritone in the renowned Sweet Adelines champion quartet, Ambiance.