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Dan Fister

Dan Fister's RARB Bio

Daniel Fister is a doctoral candidate at Washington University in St. Louis studying musicology. He earned his undergraduate degree at Chapman University in vocal performance and studied music history at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. His dissertation explores the links between community formation and race in contemporary scholastic a cappella. He teaches about singing in the United States, music and race, American pop music, and musical theater.

Before his life as an academic, Daniel directed, sang, and arranged for Wilsonville High School’s Soul’d Out, leading them to the 2010 ICHSA Finals. He went on to participate just as actively in Chapman University’s SoundCheck, with whom he competed regularly in ICCA and directed the production of their debut album, Everything (2012). Daniel remains involved in a cappella as a frequent competition judge, concert attendee, and music streaming consumer. He loves when a cappella groups emote to the back to the auditorium and surprise him with dynamics and tone color.

When not working on his dissertation, he practices yoga and watches movies with his cat, Nemo. He wishes he hiked more and is getting better at cooking.

Reviews by Dan Fister

26 total reviews (9 albums and 17 singles)


  • Harriet Fraser
    Dec. 29, 2021
  • Fundamentally Sound University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Dec. 12, 2021
  • Business Casual
    Holiday Bonus
    Nov. 22, 2021
  • Boston College Dynamics Boston College
    No Lows, Pt. II
    Sept. 7, 2021
  • Fundamentally Sound University of Wisconsin - Madison
    July 9, 2021
  • Remedy Argyle High School
    April 16, 2021
  • Conn-Men University of Connecticut
    Coffee Run
    March 26, 2021
  • The Colgate Resolutions Colgate University
    Thursday Night Club
    Dec. 27, 2020
  • The AllNighters Johns Hopkins University
    Dec. 15, 2020

Short Cuts

  • Sulthan Ahmed
    Aug. 27, 2022
  • Redefined University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Soak Up The Sun
    June 22, 2022
  • Fundamentally Sound and Pitches & Notes University of Wisconsin - Madison
    May 6, 2022
  • Ball in the House
    Ordinary Day
    March 2, 2022
  • Fundamentally Sound University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Colour Vision / Think About Things
    Dec. 27, 2021
  • The Dynamics University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Dec. 22, 2021
  • Towson Untitled Towson University
    July 14, 2021
  • Jackson Jills Tufts University
    Bad Guy
    Jan. 29, 2021
  • Moira Smiley
    The Call
    Dec. 24, 2020
  • Encore Ensworth School
    My Mind
    Oct. 16, 2020
  • Fundamentally Sound University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Aug. 21, 2020
  • July 23, 2020
  • The AllNighters Johns Hopkins University
    July 20, 2020
  • The Hullabahoos University of Virginia
    June 15, 2020
  • Vocal Brand
    No Surprises
    June 5, 2020
  • N'Namdi Bryant (The A Cappellian)
    We Are One
    May 8, 2020
  • The Tarpeggios University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    G Train
    April 10, 2020

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