Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Music History

Jeffrey Wright is Assistant Professor of Music History in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University-South Bend. His research centers on twentieth-century music of the United States, both art and popular. He is currently working on a project entitled “The Enlisted Composer: Samuel Barber and World War II,” which chronicles the life of the composer during his tenure with the Army and explores the effect that military service had on his compositional output.

Professor Wright holds both a Ph.D. (2010) and a M.A. (2007) in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a BMA (2005) from DePauw University with an emphasis in music and mathematics. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Music at Michigan State University and as an Adjunct Instructor at North Carolina Central University. He has presented papers at the national conferences of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music.

Wright has served on the Communications Committee of the American Musicological Society (2008-2010) where he helped create a podcast for the organization. In 2008, he was named a James W. Pruett Research Fellow at the Library of Congress. In addition to his music research, Wright also plays double bass and viola d’gamba.

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