Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up listening to his father Wayne, who had once considered an opera career and participated in numerous local choruses and opera ensembles, along with the playing of his mother Margaret, who once had a career as a piano teacher before going on to other things. Wynn learned to play guitar and saxophone at an early age, and participated in a number of jazz bands and jazz choirs from a young age through his college years. He was first introduced to Barbershop when, as part of a SPEBSQSA initiative, his chorus teacher proposed the formation of a barbershop group. He was also briefly in a barbershop quartet in college. Wynn is Chair of the Department of History and Non-Western Cultures at Western Connecticut State University. He has written extensively on 18th-20th century Vietnamese intellectual history, literary history, and historiography. He lives in Trumbull with his wife Sujata, a legal studies professor at Quinnipiac University, and their very sociable young daughter Ishika Ruth.