Daniel Xiong Yang Fong

Doctoral Research Fellow - IMV stab
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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 2 ZEB-bygningen 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1017 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Social justice
  • Music pedagogy
  • Queer theory
  • Gender studies
  • Masculinity studies
  • LGBTQIA studies


Daniel's current research project is titled "Sing like a 'real' man!" - negotiating masculinity and gender identity as gay men in vocal education. The project aims to examine the experiences of gay singers in classical vocal education and investigate how masculinity is performed, regulated and negotiated in Norwegian higher musical education institutions. In doing so, the project adopts a social justice paradigm by addressing the critical gap in research and literature attending to gay classical singers and create queer-inclusive spaces within vocal education.

For this project, ethnographic methods are employed to investigate the complex relationship between the gay individual, the materiality of the voice, embodied behavior codes and musical meaning. Furthermore, this project will engage with LGBTQIA and inclusive education advocacy groups to deliver sustainable and impactful reforms in vocal education.



Daniel received his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from the Royal Academy of Music (London). He was the recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Postgraduate Entrance Scholarship. Daniel also received the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) and further graduated with the Post-Graduate Professional Diploma in Song and Lieder in 2016. 

Daniel was an adjunct Academic Lecturer at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore (YSCTM-NUS) and adjunct Voice and Academic Lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore (NAFA). 

When in Singapore, Daniel continues to promote Art songs, and art songs of past and contemporary Singaporean and Southeast Asian composers through his affiliation with 'The Sing Song Club' (Singapore).


Tags: Music and Society, Queer Theory, Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Gender and sexuality
Published Sep. 1, 2022 11:52 AM - Last modified Sep. 6, 2022 8:17 AM