David Ripley's work within the Music Department is that of teaching a voice studio of approximately twelve to fourteen students per semester, directing the Opera program which puts on a major production each semester and teaching an Art Song class, Music 713. His is also very active as a professional performer outside of the University. In this capacity he has several recordings and has traveled widely. As a singer and teacher of singing, Dr. Ripley is constantly concerned with other cultures and languages. He has a deep interest in the relationship of song to all cultures in general, and especially as its stories and lyrics relate to a personal narrative that parallels and enriches our more formal sense of American socio-political history.