Craig De Wilde | YST Conservatory



Craig De Wilde has held academic positions in the United States, Europe, Australia and Singapore.

Born in the US, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in pipe organ performance at Whittier College in California, a Master of Fine Arts in music composition at the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A specialist in 19th and 20th-century art music and popular music history, he spent three years in Munich Germany on a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Fellowship researching the early music of the 19th-century German composer Richard Strauss. He has published widely on the music of Strauss as well as on popular music topics in jazz history, protest music, and the commercial music industry.

Dr De Wilde taught music theory and musicianship at the University of California Irvine, and both classical and popular music history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also taught music history at the City Colleges of Chicago and the University of Maryland at their campuses in Munich Germany. Prior to accepting the position of Deputy Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in 2009, he spent 18 years at the School of Music - Conservatorium at Monash University in Melbourne Australia, with eight of those years serving as the Head of School.

In addition to his teaching, research and administrative duties, Dr De Wilde maintains a high public profile as a music commentator, with regular contributions to various print, radio and television media outlets. His one-hour radio program, "The Resident Musicologist," examined various topics in all areas of music history and performance. The program was broadcast weekly for over ten years on the Australian Broadcasting Company’s Radio 774AM in Melbourne, with a regular audience of over 70,000 listeners.