David Wilson is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. His research interests lie at the intersection of music and politics, specifically the use of music and musical communities to legitimate political ideologies in contemporary China. He has written and presented on diverse topics such as the construction of gender in Chinese model operas, performance practice in Gustav Mahler’s orchestral songs, and the racial imaginary constructed by the musical playlist for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and inauguration.
David holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to University of Chicago, he began his musicological studies at Stanford University. He has held voice teaching positions at New York University, Stanford University, Scripps College, and Middlebury College Summer Language Schools.
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