"Raymond Wise, Ph. D., a native of Baltimore, Md., began his musical career at the age of three, singing gospel music with his family singing group ""The Wise Singers."" Dr. Wise earned a B.F.A. in Music (Piano and Voice) from Denison University (Granville, Ohio). He did additional studies in Opera, Art, and German at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria, and in African-American History, Music, and Dance at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California. He completed an apprenticeship in the business and recording of Gospel Music with the Walter Hawkins Corporation in Oakland, California. Dr. Wise earned a Masters in Music Education, Ohio Teacher's Certification and Doctorate in Music Education from The Ohio State University for which his dissertation topic was ""Defining African American Gospel Music by Tracing its Historical and Musical Development from 1900 to 2000."" Dr. Wise currently serves on the faculty of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he serves as Professor of Practice in the African American African Diaspora Studies department and instructs courses in African American music. He serves as the Associate Director of the African American Arts Institute, an IU division devoted to the perpetuation and performance of African American music and art. Dr. Wise conducts the African American Choral Ensemble (http://www.indiana.edu/~aaai/aace.shtml). He has also served on the faculties of The Ohio State University, Denison University and presently serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, Ohio) and Trevecca College (Nashville Tennessee). Dr. Wise is an ordained minister and has served as a church musician for more than 40 years. He has appeared on radio and television, recorded 25 albums, performed with opera singers, orchestras, dance companies, and professional recording groups.