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G. Preston Wilson, Jr.

G. Preston Wilson, Jr. hails from Durham, NC; born October 31, 1987 in Durham, NC to
Dr. George Preston Wilson Sr. and Zenobia Hatcher-Wilson. He has two elder sisters,
Kaia Clarke (Durham, NC) and Cassandra Toler (Dayton, OH).
In his youth, Preston attended the public school system, where his love of music was
cultivated. He was very active in his church and in his community. In the seventh grade,
he was anointed and called to play the organ at his home church, Refiner’s Fire
Community Church, where Bishop Willie L. Jones, II is the Pastor. Around his junior
year he moved to the keyboards and was promoted to assistant musical director and
held this position until his exit for college.
He received his Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Fisk University in
Nashville, TN in 2010. During his matriculation, he was a member of the world-renown
Fisk Jubilee Singers® under the direction of Dr. Paul T. Kwami. They were awarded the
National Medal of the Arts, the highest artistic honor in the nation from the National
Endowment for the Arts and presented by President George Bush. He was blessed to
accompany the Jubilee singers to Ghana and Spain in the summer of 2007 and was
featured on the recording project, Sacred Journey (currently in stores). He furthered his
studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH; receiving his Masters
of Music in Choral Music Education in 2012. While he was there, he was awarded the
Winifred O. Stone Graduate Fellowship, being named the Presidential Graduate
Scholar.
After graduation from BGSU, Preston began teaching at various school in the Toledo
Public School systems. His longest stay was at Start High School oversaw five
ensembles and the school dance team. He was also the vocal coach and co-director for
the Toledo Youth Choir: a community youth ensemble. Preston additionally served on
the Music Ministry at Friendship Baptist Church, under the leadership of Bishop Duane
C. Tisdale. There he functioned as the principal accompanist for the ministry, directs the
Youth and Young choir, and worship leader for district and state Full Gospel events.
Currently, Preston is a graduate student at the University of Missouri – Columbia,
pursuing a PhD in Music Education. His research interests include preparing new
teachers for the actual classroom: exploring adaptive pedagogies and methods that will
aid diverse communities in acquiring various musical competencies. His ultimate goal

is to make music relevant across diverse populations, because everybody deserves
music.