James K. Wright

James K. Wright

James Wright is a Professor of Music in the School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Following studies in music theory and composition with Barrie Cabena, Owen Underhill, Bengt Hambreaus, Donald Patriquin, Brian Cherney, and Kelsey Jones, he has taught composition, music history, music perception/cognition, and post-tonal music theory and analysis at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Carleton University.

Dr. Wright’s scholarly contributions include two award- winning books on the life and work of Arnold Schoenberg, and a new book on Eldon Rathburn, a prolific Canadian composer who wrote more than 250 film scores during a long and distinguished career as a staff composer with the National Film Board of Canada: They Shot, He Scored – The Life and Music of Eldon Rathburn (Montreal: McGill- Queen’s Press, 2019).

An Associate Composer of both the Canadian Music Centre and Ottawa New Music Creators – an Eastern Ontario composers’ collective of which he is a founding member – James Wright is widely known as a composer whose vocal works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by choirs and soloists throughout North America and Europe. His “Letters to the Immortal Beloved” has been heard on four continents, with multiple performances in North America, Europe, Brazil, and China.



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