Derek Justin Wright is a hornist in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. He currently plays 4th horn in the Amarillo Symphony. He has also performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Dallas Winds, the Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Symphony Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, the Musica Nova Orchestra of Scottsdale, AZ, and multiple other organizations. Derek is also a prolific solo musician who has performed at multiple horn symposiums and workshops. In 2015 he was a semi-finalist in the professional division at the International Horn Competition of America.
As a knowledgeable teacher, Derek has maintained a private studio of horn students since 2005. He has become noted for his website which contains dozens of articles related to horn performance and pedagogy. Derek has also worked as an audio engineer (specializing in on-site and live acoustic recording) for several years.
Derek’s principal teachers have been William VerMeulen, John Ericson, Herbert Winslow, and Kazimierz Machala. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois.
As a manager of Houghton Horns, Derek is heavily involved in all aspects of the retail side of the business.