Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., Musicology, University of Colorado
  • M.M., Music History, Bowling Green State University
  • B.A. Music, State University of New York

Dr. Trudi Wright teaches American Music, World Music, Music Appreciation, and the Freshman Experience at Regis. She also holds an affiliate teaching position at Metropolitan State University of Denver and leads an online course in American music through the University of Colorado’s Continuing Education Program. As an active musicologist, Wright has presented research based on her dissertation “Labor Takes the Stage: A Musical and Social Analysis of Pins and Needles (1937-1941),” at regional and national meetings of the American Musicological Society, and College Music Society, and Society for American Music. Her most recent article, “Pins and Needles (1937): Everything in Moderation” was published in the Journal of Musical Theatre (Intellect Press).

In 2010, Wright was awarded the “best practices” in community engagement educational grant from the College Music Society to continue her class in sacred music history for adults at Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver. Regionally, she is a dedicated board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the College Music Society. She also serves at the national level for the Society for American Music as co-chair of the Forum for Early Career Professionals, and was recently elected to a three-year term on SAM’s Board of Trustees in 2013.

Creative & Professional Work

CONDUCTING AND VOICE TEACHING

Trinity United Methodist Church | Denver, CO

  • Youth Choir Director, 2003-2010

Marshall Music | East Langsing, MI

  • Private Voice Teacher, 2002-2003

Dimondale United Methodist Church | Dimondale, MI

  • Choire Director, 2001-2003

Anthony Wayne High School | Whitehouse, OH

  • Private Voice Teacher, 2000-2001

Arts Unlimited | Bowling Green, OH

  • Teaching Artist, 2000

Bowling Green State University | Bowling Green, OH

  • Youth Choir Director, 2003-2010

VOCAL PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

Alto Soloist 

  • Bach's St. Matthew's Passion, University of Colorado University Singers, 2007
  • Mozart's Requiem, Collegiate Chorale, BGSU College of Muscial Arts, 1999
  • Musica Americana, SUNY Geneseo School of Performing Arts, 1997-1998
  • Purcell's Fairy Queen, School of Performing Arts, 1997
  • Holiday Vocal Miscellany Concert (Renaissance and Baroque Celebration), 1995-1998

Alto Section Leader and Soloist

  • First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, 1999-2001

Christmas Carol Quartet Singer

  • Toledo Zoological Society, Christmas Season 1998-1999

MUSICAL THEATER AND DRAMATIC ROLES

Charlotte Malcolme | A Little Night Music

  • Geneseo Vocal Miscellany, 1998

Mrs. Peachum | Three Penny Opera

  • Geneseo Vocal Miscellany, 1998

Julia | Fefu and Her Friends

  • School of Performing Arts, 1997

Ms. Chin | M. Butterfly

  • School of Performing Arts, 1997

Newly Rich | Marat/Sade

  • School of Performing Arts, 1997

VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE EXPERIENCE

Trinity United Methodist Church | Denver, CO

  • Chancel Choir, 2003-2005

University of Colorado | Boulder, CO

  • University Singers Graduate Choir (master class with Bobby McFerrrin & Anonymous 4), 2003-2007
  • West African Highlife Ensemble, 2004-2005

Michigan State University | East Lansing, MI

  • Choral Union, 2001-2002

Bowling Green State University | Bowling Green, OH

  • Afro-Caribbean Ensemble, 2000-2001
  • Kuma Sari Balinese Gamelan, 1999-2000
  • University Choral Society, 1999
  • Collegiate Chorale, 1998-1999
  • Early Music Ensemble, 1998-1999

SUNY Geneseo | Geneseo, NY

  • Chamber Singers, 1995-1998
  • Festival Chorus, 1996
  • Carol Choristers, 1994-1995

Research and Scholarship

PUBLICATIONS

“Pins and Needles (1937): Everything in Moderation,” Studies in Musical Theatre Vol. 7/1 (June 2013): 61-73.

“Community Engagement Through Musicology: A Case Study,” Symposium, 2013, (under consideration).

“Harold Rome,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Clarence Whitehill,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Anne Brown,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Eunice Alberts,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“F. Nathaniel Gatlin,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Laura Vlasak Nolen,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Millagro Vargas,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Nathan Carter,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Rosemary Kulhmann,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Timothy Noble,” Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Music of the Black Theatre, 1942-1968,” Encyclopedia of African American Music, Greenwood Press, 2013.

“Nadia Boulanger Symposium: A Summary,” Fontainebleau Association Alumni Bulletin: Music, Vol. 77/1 (January 2005), p. 4.

“Moravian Hymnody,” Moravian Music Journal, Vol. 45/1 (Spring 2000), pp.11-12.

REVIEWS

“Changed For Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical by Stacy Wolf (Book Review),” Journal of the Society for American Music, Vol. 7/3 (July 2013): 338-342.

“Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theater by Jeffrey Magee (Book Review),” Notes, Vol. 69/3 (March 2013): 579-581.

“Musical of the Month, NYPL blog (Multi-Media Review),” Journal for the Society of American Music, Vol. 6/4 (November 2012): 501-502.

“Showtime by Larry Stempel (Book Review),” The Journal of Musicological Research, Vol. 32/1 (January 2013): 65-67.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

National

“Music Found in The Cradle: The Reconstruction of Blitzstein’s “FTP Plowed Under” (1937),” Society for American Music National Meeting, Little Rock, AR, 9 March 2013.

“Labor Education and Racial Equality: How Pins and Needles Changed the Lives of Black Workers During the Great Depression,” Society for American Music National Meeting, Charlotte, NC, 17 March 2012.

“Far From the Edge: Pins and Needles in Publication,” Song, Stage, and Screen VI National Conference, Kansas City, MO, 23 June 2011.

“Pins and Needles: A Crossroads Between Broadway and the Working Class,” Society for American Music National Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, 11 March 2011.

“Pins and Needles: Working Class Culture in Revue,” Susan Porter Symposium on Musical Theater, Boulder, CO, 2 October 2010.

“Labor Takes the Stage: A Musical and Social Analysis of Pins and Needles (1937-41), A Poster Session,” Society for American Music National Meeting, Ottawa, ON, 19 March 2010.

“Pins and Needles on Broadway,” College Music Society National Meeting, Portland, OR, 22 October 2009.

“Moravian Hymnody: Transmission and Tradition,” The Fourth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian Music, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, 28 October 2000.

Regional

Engaging With the Community Through Musicology,” College Music Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter Meeting, Denver, CO, 26 March 2011.

“Pins and Needles on Broadway: Expressing Union Ideals,” American Musicological Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 18 May 2009.

“Pins and Needles on Broadway,” College Music Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Meeting, University of Denver, Denver, CO, 4 April 2008.

“Moravian Hymnody: Transmission and Tradition,” BGSU Colloquium for Musicology and Music Theory, Bowling Green, OH, 18 September 2000.

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Regis University
Faculty Development Travel Grand Award, 2013

Metropolitan State College of Denver
Department of Music Professional Development Grant, 2012
Pi Kappa Lambda Membership, Charter Member, 2011
Colorado Campus Compact Scholarship for Civic Engagement, 2011
Department of Music Nomination for College Teaching Award, 2010

Professional Societies
College Music Society Community Engagement Seed Grant Support, 2010
Society for American Music Student Travel Award, 2010
Outstanding Student Paper Award, College Music Society, Rocky Mountains 2009

University of Colorado
College of Music Graduate Student Research Grant, 2010
College of Music Graduate Student Research Grant, 2008
Provost’s Fellow for the Libraries, 2006-2007
Best Should Teach Silver Award, 2005-2007
College of Music Alumni Scholarship, 2003-2005
Pete Smythe Scholarship, 2004

Bowling Green State University
Richard S. James Memorial Scholarship, 2000
Pro Musica Grant, 2000
College of Musical Arts Grant, 2000
College of Musical Arts Thesis Research Grant, 2000
Music History Department Thesis Research Grant, 2000
Pro Musica Grant, 1998
College of Musical Arts Grant, 1998

PRE-CONCERT LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS

“Pre-Concert Lecture on John Leavitt’s Requiem,” Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO, 24 March 2013.

“Organization of Music Appreciation Curriculum: The Historical Approach or Music in the Marketplace?,” Regis College Fall Faculty Retreat, Denver, CO, 5 October 2012.

“Pre-Concert Lecture on Boccherini’s Gloria,” Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO, 18 April 2012.

“Types of Listening,” Metropolitan State College of Denver Metro Leads Program, Boetcher Covert Hall, Denver, CO, 30 September 2011.

“Pre-Concert Lecture on John Rutter’s Requiem,” Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO, 10 April 2011.

“Pre-Concert Lecture on Bach’s Christmas Oratorio,” Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO, 12 December 2010.

“Pre-Concert Lecture on Carousel,” Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 22-24 October 2010.

“Active Listening in the Music Classroom,” School of Music Graduate Teacher Program Series, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 20 April 2007.

“Assessing Creative Work in the Fine Arts Classroom Using Leary’s Personality Wheel,” Co-presented with Arts Lead Team, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 16 February 2007.

“Assessing Creative Work with Bloom’s Taxonomy,” Co-presented with Arts Lead Team, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 28 April 2006.

“Teaching Active Listening Skills in the Music Classroom,” School of Music Graduate Teacher Program Series, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 21 April 2006.

“How to Host Academic Speakers and Conferences,” Graduate Teacher Program Monday Forum, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 13 March 2006.

Community Involvement

Trinity United Methodist Church

  • Intervals of Joy Music History Instructor, 2008-Present
  • Chairperson of Arts Education for Adutls, 2010-Present

Professional Organizations

Society for American Music

  • Member at Large, Board of Trustees, 2013-2015
  • Membership Committee, 2012-2015
  • Co-chair, Forum on Early Career Professionals, 2012-2014

College Music Society

  • Rocky Mountain Chapter Secretary, 2011-2015

American Musicology Society

  • Rocky Mountain Chapter Student Representative, 2009-2010