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James Wilson

Associate Professor of Music, Chair of Music & The Arts, and Director of Choirs

Why I Teach

There is an ever present need to teach the importance of keeping arts and music alive in our communities. If students learn the value of singing in a choir, playing an instrument or attending a concert while they are in college, they are more likely to live a life of cultural awareness, civic participation, and appreciation for the beauty in our world.

Professional Activities

Professor Wilson teaches primarily in the areas of vocal music and music history. His most recent scholarship has centered on the music of Seth Daniels Bingham, an American composer of primarily sacred music. His interest in the ability of song analysis to help foster the growth of critical thinking has led to the development of several popular courses at Wesley including FYS Music and Spirituality and MU206 The Art of Song. In the spring of 2014 he presented on “The Effects of an Arts-Based First Year Seminar on the Development of Critical Thinking Skills” at the International Conference for the Humanities in Honolulu, HI.

Wilson currently directs the Wesley College Choir, the Kent Chamber Choir, and the Delaware Choral Society. Founded in 1959, the DCS mission is to provide an outlet for the performance of choral masterworks in Kent County. Recent performances with DCS have included Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Recent performances with KCC, Kent County’s premiere chamber ensemble, have included Herbert Howells’ Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Seth Bingham’s Missa Salvatoris. Wilson has conducted a large number of other masterworks with a variety of ensembles from across the U.S. including the Kensington Consort of North Carolina, the University of Nebraska Chamber Singers and East Campus Choir, and the Boston University Choral Society.

Professor Wilson is an active member of the Delaware choral music community. He currently serves as President-Elect of the Delaware American Choral Directors Association, a position to which he was elected as chair of College and University Choirs. He is also the outgoing state board representative for the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), an organization for which he has contributed to several initiatives including publications and competitions. In 2015 he developed and presented the first annual Collegiate Choral Composers Competition with Delaware ACDA. Now entering its fourth year, the competition provides recordings of each student’s piece by a chorus of roughly 100 singers, along with a world premier for the first prize winner.

As a baritone soloist Wilson has performed with Brandywine Baroque, Melomanié, the Manchester Choral Society of New Hampshire, the Braintree Choral Society, the Masterworks Chorale of Boston, The Marsh Chapel Choir at Boston University, the Choral Society of Greensboro, North Carolina and the Voices of Omaha, Nebraska. In the spring of 2008, Wilson appeared with the UNL University Singers at Carnegie Hall in a performance of Haydn’s Harmonie Messe. Most recently he has performed in a series of multi-media performances of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, produced in collaboration with Wesley adjunct art professor Joshua Nobiling and pianist David Richardson.

Degrees

  • D.M.A., University of Nebraska
  • M.M., Boston University
  • B.M., The Hartt School

Courses Taught

  • FY100 Music and Spirituality
  • MU101 Aural Skills I
  • MU102 Aural Skills II
  • MU103 Music Theory I
  • MU104 Music Theory II
  • MU118 Gospel Choir
  • MU119 Applied Piano
  • MU127 World Music
  • MU151 College Choir
  • MU161 Choral Society
  • MU201 Aural Skills III
  • MU202 Aural Skills IV
  • MU206 The Art Of Song
  • MU208 History and Literature of Music I
  • MU209 History and Literature of Music II
  • MU303 Conducting
  • MU304 Orchestration and Arranging
  • MU306/406 Seminar in Music History
  • MU307 History of Opera
  • MU404 Senior Capstone

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