Lauren  Denney Wright

Lauren Denney Wright

Assistant Professor in Music (Director of Wind Ensemble - clarinet)

Department: Fine Arts
Phone: 706-238-5830
Fax: 706-238-7847
Campus Box: 309
Location: Ford 208

Short Bio

A native of Marietta, Ga. in Cobb County, 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. She 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 composers John Corigliano, David Maslanka, Michael Daugherty, James Grant, John Mackey and Steven Bryant. She made her international debut conducting chamber music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in Aix-en-Provence, France. She resides in Rome, GA with her husband Mack, nineteen-month old son Bentley, and dogs Judy and Steve.


  • B.M., Vanderbilt University - Clarinet Performance
  • M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Clarinet Performance
  • B.M., Kennesaw State University - Music Education
  • D.M.A., University of Miami Frost School of Music - Instrumental Conducting

Selected Publications

Dr. Denney Wright regularly has published articles in the Teaching Music Through Performance reference books through GIA. Her research areas are on the music of David Maslanka, and musicality in score study and conducting. In the spring of 2016, she was selected to present at GMEA on score study. Her dissertation on David Maslanka’s Give Us This Day is in high demand with over 5500 downloads with readers ranging from Spain, Germany, Nigeria, London, Canada and all over the United States. This text will be going to print for distribution in 2017.

Professional Associations

She holds professional memberships with College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association. In addition, she is a member and president of the Berry College chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda – a national music honor society. Dr. Denney Wright is also a member of Tau Beta Sigma, a founding member of Sigma Alpha Iota at Vanderbilt University, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.