Daniel Fister

Graduate Student, Music

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Daniel Fister studies how structural racial inequity relates to sound and ideologies about music, with a particular focus on singing in the United States. His dissertation examines how whiteness and racial inequity manifests in the music and structures of scholastic a cappella groups, competitions, and communities. His research combines in-person and digital ethnographic fieldwork with frameworks from interdisciplinary whiteness studies and voice studies. Daniel is also interested in how race and identity impacts musical theater and other forms of singing and vocal harmony.