David Wright holds a PhD in mathematics. He graduated from David Lipscomb University in Nashville then earned his
doctorate at Columbia University in New York. He joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 1972 and
has been there ever since. He is a full professor and recently retired as chair of the Department of Mathematics after
serving in that role for 12 years. He teaches (and wrote the textbook for) a very popular course, "Mathematics and Music."
He is a sought-after colloquium speaker for such subjects as "Polynomial Automorphisms, The Structure of Automorphism
Groups," "Stable Tameness of Automorphisms," and "The Jacobian Conjecture." He's a very smart guy!
has arranged hundreds of songs in the barbershop style, earned three district quartet championships and - of course - four
international gold medals as associate director of the Ambassadors of Harmony. He is a Music Category judge, a popular
coach, and an avid historian for the Barbershop Harmony Society.
He has four passions (in no particular
order): barbershop harmony, mathematics, Sandi (me), and beer!