Lindsay Wright

Conductor, String Orchestra and Preparatory Strings

Lindsay Wright is a music educator and a scholar of musicology and education. As a teacher, she aims to cultivate a sense of joy and passion for music-making alongside the mindsets and perseverance necessary for performance at a high level. Her ongoing research into musical ability development continually informs her pedagogical approach.


In addition to working with the Hyde Park Youth Symphony from 2015-2017, Dr. Wright has served as an instrumental music teacher for the School District of Philadelphia and as a private violin teacher, group instructor, and chamber coach in various contexts since 2008. In 2013, she co-founded the South Side Suzuki cooperative, also a partner of the Logan Center, which offers private violin, viola, and cello instruction and a range of other opportunities. She is active as a classical violinist, and has recently become interested in old-time and bluegrass fiddling.


Dr. Wright received her PhD in musicology from the University of Chicago in 2018 and is currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow in the Humanities there, teaching courses in world music, media aesthetics, and the history of Western classical music. Her dissertation, “Discourses of Musical Talent in American Culture,” which received a fellowship from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation, argues that the concept of musical talent has been used to perpetuate systems of racial and socioeconomic privilege. Dr. Wright has also worked as an education researcher with CPS teachers and arts partners through Ingenuity, a Chicago-based arts education advocacy and research organization. She holds a MEd in Multicultural Education and BA degrees in Music and African American studies.