Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program
Tracy Clark


Tracy Clark


Tracy Clark



Harlem Renaissance Man: Towards a Comprehensive Biography of Actor-Singer Frank H. Wilson

Tracy Clark, Music
Faculty Mentor: Professor Carolyn Guzski, Music

Tracy is a December 2020 graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Music program, where she majored in Voice and Bassoon. This fall she will pursue the Master of Music degree in Musicology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she has been awarded a UT Access and Diversity Fellowship and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. She will assist faculty with teaching and research within UT’s historical musicology and ethnomusicology program.

In her fellowship, Tracy focused on the life of the Broadway actor and singer Frank H. Wilson (1886-1956), renowned for creating the title role in Porgy (1927), which served as the basis for George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. Wilson’s achievements in stage, film, and broadcasting significantly won him a place in the African American National Biography. Tracy’s findings filled in several significant lacunae in Wilson’s life, including his educational background, his foundational training, and the early development of his professional acting career.

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