Oklahoma Baptist University

Lauren Denney Wright

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Bands

Raley Chapel
OBU Box 61260
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804
lauren denney.wright@okbu.edu

Lauren Denney Wright is the current Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Oklahoma Baptist University where she conducts the Symphonic Winds, teaches advanced conducting, marching band techniques, wind band literature and woodwind methods to music education majors. She is also the clarinet instructor and conducts the clarinet choir.

A native of Marietta, Georgia, Dr. Denney Wright earned her Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Vanderbilt University, the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Kennesaw State University. Prior to her appointment at Oklahoma Baptist University, Dr. Denney Wright completed her doctoral studies in Instrumental Conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music under the mentorship of Gary Green, where she conducted the Frost Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Chamber Winds and Concert Band. In addition, she taught conducting courses, worked with the Band of the Hour marching band and ran the men and women’s basketball pep bands. Dr. Denney Wright has worked with such composers as John Corigliano, David Maslanka, Michael Daugherty, John Mackey and Steven Bryant.

Dr. Denney Wright holds professional memberships with College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association. In addition she is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Tau Beta Sigma, a founding member of Sigma Alpha Iota at Vanderbilt University, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Educational Background:

B.M., Vanderbilt University
M.M., University of North Carolina
B.M., Kennesaw State University
D.M.A., University of Miami Frost School of Music