University of Kentucky
Clarinetist Scott Wright is currently the Associate Professor of clarinet at the University of Kentucky, a position he has held since 2002. At Kentucky, he is also a member of the esteemed McCracken Faculty Wind Quintet. In a career spanning nearly three decades Dr. Wright has performed and taught in a wide variety of settings including the public schools, universities, chamber and orchestral ensembles, and as a soloist. Wright has performed with numerous ensembles including the Trade Winds Ensemble (Tampa, FL), Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus, OH), the Arizona Opera Orchestra, Ensemble 21 (Phoenix,) the Southwest Washington Symphony, the Bloch International Music Festival Orchestra (OR), the Yaquina Chamber Orchestra and the Northwest Wind Symphony (WA), the Green Bay Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic. He has been featured as both a conductor and clarinetist at the conferences of the International Clarinet Association, College Band Director’s National Association, National Band Association, International Double Reed Society, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the Midwest Clinic. Since 1997, he has appeared with pianist Linda Halloin (Duo Pegasus) as a guest artist, and has presented numerous concerts and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the country as well as in Europe, Canada, and Asia.
In addition to a busy performing schedule, Dr. Wright has a passion for music education and working with youth and music educators. He continues to keep busy as a conductor and soloist with high school and middle school bands throughout the United States, and during the summer months he serves as clarinet instructor and band director at music camps in Wisconsin and Oregon, as well as a clarinet instructor and consultant for the American Band College—Sam Houston State University. Dr. Wright holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University.
Clarinetist Scott Wright and pianist Linda Halloin formed DUO PEGASUS in 1998 after performing several chamber music concerts together. Since then, DUO PEGASUS has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada in many recitals, concerts, and educational settings. Their wide range of repertoire includes works from the 18th century for clarinet and keyboard through to the present 21st century. In addition to playing the classical “great” pieces in the repertoire, they take delight in presenting to their audience other little-known works.
In November 2002, the Duo travelled to Slovakia where they were featured performers in the 7th International Festival of Contemporary Music in Bratislava—the first American group to be so featured. In the fall of 2004 DUO PEGASUS traveled to Italy where they performed and taught at the Naples Conservatory of Music. In addition, the Duo performed for musicians of the United States 6th Naval Fleet and NATO Band, as well as for school children in and around Naples. On tour in the United Kingdom in 2006, the Duo premiered a new sonata for clarinet and piano by the English composer Mike Mower, performing and teaching at the Royal Northern Academy of Music in Manchester, the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales, and the University of Chichester. 2009 saw them back in the U.K. in Scotland, at the University of Aberdeen. Between the Duo’s European tours, they have managed to play in most corners of the United States.