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Twice each month a different Barbershop arranger will be featured, along with 3-4 of his/her recent works. One of them might be great for your chorus or quartet.

David Wright

David, from St. Louis, Missouri, is an arranger and composer of vocal music. He specializes in vocal harmony, especially barbershop harmony, but his work often integrates the close harmony style with jazz, blues, gospel, country, doo-wop, and contemporary a cappella. He is musical advisor and two-time former director for the St. Charles Ambassadors of Harmony, a 160-voice male chorus which won the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Chorus Contest in 2004 and 2009 and the silver medal in 2007 and 2008. David is a musical consultant and arranger for the eleven-time international champion chorus Dallas Vocal Majority, and has served in this role for the international champion quartets Ambiance , Gas House Gang, Joker's Wild, Nightlife, Revival, Michigan Jake, Four Voices, Gotcha, Vocal Spectrum, and Crossroads. He has researched the origins of barbershop harmony and teaches a course on the history of the barbershop style at the Barbershop Harmony Society's Harmony College.

Professionally, David is a mathematician. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Columbia University, New York City, and is now a Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis. As a researcher he has been an invited speaker at a number of international mathematics conferences. Visit David's Mathematics Web Site

See the full list of David Wright's arrangements at his music web site.

Hey There for men or women, available from BHS. Arranged for the St. Louis Harmony Chorus; recorded by Crossroads on "That Lucky Old Sun".

If You Love Me, Really Love Me available for men or women, but not recommended for women because of range, contest-suitable, available from BHS. Arranged for the Ambassadors of Harmony and sung by them in their 2009 Gold Medal performance.

Man of La Mancha for men or women, available from BHS. Arranged for the Ambassadors of Harmony; also sung by the Richtone Chorus; difficult

That Lucky Old Sun for men, contest-suitable, available from BHS. Recorded by Crossroads on "That Lucky Old Sun"

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