Daniel Fister

PhD student in Musicology
Lynne Cooper Harvey Fellow in American Culture Studies
research interests:
  • Collegiate A Cappella, Musical Theater, American Popular and Concert Music, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, Voice and Sound Studies, Performance Studies, and Ethnography.
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Daniel primarily studies American popular music, race, singing, and amateur performance. His prospective dissertation will examine how collegiate a cappella aesthetics, performances, and discourse constitute identity, community, and power. His research connects critical race and whiteness studies, voice and sound studies, performance studies, and ethnographic methods. Other interests concern musical theater, American vernacular vocal harmony, Anglo-American concert music, and music history pedagogy. He recently co-convened Broadway Bodies, an interdisciplinary conference on the American musical in embodied performance. Daniel has presented papers at regional Society for Ethnomusicology meetings and graduate student conferences. He also is an editorial assistant for the quarterly, peer-reviewed journalĀ American Music.