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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

6 total reviews (0 albums and 6 singles)

Short Cuts

  • July 23, 2020
  • The AllNighters Johns Hopkins University
    Silvertongue
    July 20, 2020
  • The Hullabahoos University of Virginia
    Youngblood
    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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