Faculty Profile

Blake Wilson

Professor of Music (1993)

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on sabbatical 2016-17




Blake Wilson teaches courses in music history, film music, and directs the Dickinson Collegium. Both as performer and scholar, he specializes in music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, and his research interests include the music of renaissance Italy (especially Florence), performance practice, compositional process, and the relationship between music and other disciplines (rhetoric, poetry, visual art). His current work concerns the interaction of oral and written musical traditions in the culture of Renaissance Florence, the early madrigal, and the works of Heinrich Isaac (the primary recipient of Medici musical patronage).


  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1978
  • M.M., Indiana University, 1982
  • Ph.D., 1987