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James Wilson
Associate Professor of Music 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."

Contact Information

(302) 736-2466


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

Professional Activities


Professor Wilson directs the College choir and opera ensembles at Wesley College. Upcoming engagements include performances of Puccini's "Suor Angelica" with Wesley College, Orff's "Carmina Burana" with the Delaware Choral Society and Herbert Howells' "Requiem" with the Kent Chamber Choir and Christ Church Choir of Philadelphia. In recent years he has served as director of the Boston University Choral Society, the Kensington Consort of North Carolina and the All Collegiate Choir-East of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In April 2010, he conducted a performance with the UNL Chamber Singers on the subject of his dissertation: Seth Bingham’s “The Canticle of the Sun,” a piece which had not been heard by the public in nearly fifty years.

Wilson currently serves as the artistic director of the Delaware Choral Society. Founded in 1959, the DCS’s mission is to provide an outlet for the performance of choral masterworks in Kent County. He also serve as the director of music at Wesley United Methodist Church in downtown Dover. Previous positions in church music include the Cathedral of St. Joseph’s in Hartford, Connecticut, Marsh Chapel at Boston University, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina and Trinity United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

As a baritone soloist, Wilson has appeared with 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. In the spring of 2008, Wilson appeared with the UNL University Singers at Carnegie Hall in a performance of Haydn’s Harmonie Messe. In January 2015, he will present a multi-media recital of Franz Schubert's Winterreise.

Courses Taught

FY100 Music and Spirituality
MU103 Music Theory I
MU151 College Choir
MU118 Gospel Choir
MU119 Applied Piano
MU127 World Music
MU208/209 History and Literature of Music
MU303 Conducting
MU306/406 Seminar in Music History
MU307 History of Opera