We have 3 judges available for ABODA and directors.

Lauren Denney Wright

Rome, GA
Dr. Lauren Denney Wright is the current Director of Wind Ensemble activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Berry College where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches clarinet. Prior to her arrival at Berry College, Dr. Denney Wright was the Director of Bands, clarinet instructor, and taught Instrumental Music Education courses at Oklahoma Baptist University.

A native of Marietta, Ga., Dr. Denney Wright earned her bachelor of music degree in clarinet performance from Vanderbilt University, the master of music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the bachelor of music degree in music education from Kennesaw State University. Dr. Denney Wright completed her doctoral studies in instrumental conducting at the University of Miami Frost School of Music under the mentorship of Gary Green, where she conducted the Frost Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Chamber Winds and Concert Band. In addition, she taught conducting courses, worked with the Band of the Hour marching band and ran the men and womens basketball pep bands. Dr. Denney Wright has worked with such composers as John Corigliano, David Maslanka, Michael Daugherty, John Mackey and Steven Bryant. Dr. Denney Wright made her international debut conducting chamber music with members of the Berlin Philharmonic in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Dr. Denney Wright holds professional memberships with College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society and Music Teachers National Association. In addition she is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Tau Beta Sigma, a founding member of Sigma Alpha Iota at Vanderbilt University, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Educational Background:
B.M., Vanderbilt University - Clarinet Performance
M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro - Clarinet Performance
B.M., Kennesaw State University - Music Education
D.M.A., University of Miami Frost School of Music - Conducting
ABODA: Band: 0921 Concert Solo or Duet

Paul Barber

Buena Park, CA
Paul has played the trumpet for over twenty years and in that time has seen his musical talents take him across the United States and even overseas into Hong Kong and China. As an educator he has given masterclasses, taught privately, worked as a section coach, brass caption and music ensemble caption head, visual instructor for individuals and as a caption head, and been a full-time band director for over 6 years. He has had the privilege of conducting elementary, middle and high school Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Indoor Percussion (marching and non-marching). He has also had the opportunity of working with small/chamber string ensembles as well as full symphony orchestras. Mostly recently he added Music Director and Pit Conductor to his resume, working on the musicals Bye, Bye, Birdie and Little Women. He received a BA Music degree from Biola University (07) and a California State teaching credential from California State University Dominguez Hills (11).

As a performer Paul has performed as a member of many small ensembles ranging from solo work to brass quintet to small mixed wind ensembles up to a brass ensemble of 16 members. He has also performed with many large ensembles including jazz bands, concert bands, wind ensembles, symphony orchestras, marching band, and even several concert choirs and small ensemble mens groups. Paul has studied with many fine trumpet teachers over the years, most recently Robert Feller and David Washburn.

Over the last ten years as an adjudicator, Paul has given clinics to individuals, groups of all sizes and instrumentation in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Canada and China. He has provided regular adjudication for the last four years through the Southern California Judging Association circuit in the fall for marching bands and the spring for jazz bands.
ABODA: Band: 0921 Jazz Solo or Duet

Phil Mortensen

Chino Hills, CA
Phil Mortensen currently serves as the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District in southern California and is the Director of Orchestras at Yorba Linda HS. Previously he was the Director of Instrumental Music at Valencia High School in Placentia where he directed the award winning Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Ensembles.

Mr. Mortensen earned his A.A. degree from El Camino College, a Bachelor of Music degree from Long Beach State, and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Cal State Fullerton. Mr. Mortensen is a Past President of the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), serves on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Crest Youth Arts Organization, and is a head judge serving the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association. Mr. Mortensen has judged throughout California, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington State, and in Paris, France.

Mr. Mortensen is an active judge, clinician, & conference presenter and is enjoying his 30th year in Music Education!
ABODA: Band: 0921 Orch. Guitar Solo or Duet

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