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David Wilson

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David Wilson

D.M.A. (Vocal Arts), University of Southern California, 2016
M.M. (Vocal Performance), New England Conservatory
M.A. (German Literature), Middlebury College


David Wilson is a musicology Ph.D. student whose research interests lie at the intersection of music and politics. His current research focuses on the ways in which the music of Cultural Revolution-era China interacted with political ideologies, discursive practices, and the construction of gender. Other research interests include the ways in which political structures of totalitarian regimes shape creative practices, as well as issues of vocality and vocalism in song and concert repertories of 19th-century Europe. His writings encompass diverse topics such as the construction of gender in Chinese model operas, performance practice in Mahler’s orchestral songs, and the racial imaginary constructed by the musical selections of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and inauguration.

Prior to coming to Stanford, David received his DMA in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California, where he was named the outstanding graduate in vocal arts in 2016. He holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory, and a Master of Arts in German Literature from Middlebury College. He has held voice teaching positions at New York University, Stanford University, Scripps College, and Middlebury College Summer Language Schools.

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