The Symphony Orchestra Conductor of the  

Bay Area Friends of Fine Arts

Dr. Richard Wright


BAFFA is again proud to present its esteemed Orchestra Director, Dr. Richard Wright. 


    Dr. Wright currently serves as the Academic Chair of the Music Department at Suffolk County Community College (Ammerman Campus), where he is a full-time Professor of Music and the Orchestra Director since 2002.  For eight of those years at Suffolk, he also served as the piano accompanist for the College Choir and the Suffolk Singers.  Since 2007, he has been the conductor of the Bay Area Symphony Orchestra in Sayville, which is a part of the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts (BAFFA).  He has been privileged to guest conduct the Massapequa Philharmonic three times in past seasons.  He has been a frequent guest conductor at festivals in the past, having conducted at Sewanhaka, Nassau Music Educators Association, and Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association concerts in 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively. 


    Before moving to Long Island, Dr. Wright conducted three community orchestras in the Chicago (IL) area, and was Music Director of one of those for three years.  That orchestra eventually became the resident ensemble of the Sherwood Music Academy in 2001.


    Prior to earning his Doctor of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University (IL) in 2002, Dr. Wright earned a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from Brigham Young University (UT), and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Literature from Northern Arizona University. 


    Dr. Wright has a wealth of experience as an orchestral conductor, in classical, Pops, and Broadway show styles.  He has performed both on stage as an actor and in the pit as a musician and conductor for many stage musicals from Gilbert and Sullivan to Sondheim.  He also has much experience in directing local volunteer choirs.  As a professional pianist, he has spent over three decades performing in bands and orchestras, as well as accompanying choirs, singers, and instrumentalists.  He has been a private piano teacher for over two decades, and also has a professional piano tuning business.  He began studying the piano at age eight.


    Dr. Wright and his wife are the parents of two sons, and their family resides in Port Jeff Station.


    We at BAFFA are thrilled with the enthusiasm, energy and technical expertise that Dr. Wright has brought to our practices and performances.