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State of the art: examining choral culture during the COVID-19 pandemic

Weiss, Chloe (2023) State of the art: examining choral culture during the COVID-19 pandemic. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Choral singing provides the opportunity to come together and work towards a common goal, even if the process can prove grueling at times. Therein lies the opportunity to deconstruct the collaborative nature between the choristers and choral conductor. How this concept manifests in rehearsal is the basis of my study, in which I investigate how the conductor navigates scores, investigates meaning, and transmits this information to the choir. In addition, I consider what choristers expect to occur in the rehearsal room, alongside qualities they wish to see in a choral conductor. The collaboration between choral conductors and choristers are examined via interviews and rehearsal observations. This is not a source to be treated as gospel, but rather as a mechanism to realize how versatile choral spaces, choristers, and choral conductors were during the COVID-19 pandemic. As this unprecedented event has had immense global significance, documenting these experiences provides a guide for future reference. Ultimately, the goal of this study is to shed light on what choral culture has been, is now, and could be.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Weiss, ChloeCGW16@pitt.eduCGW16
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCassaro,
Committee MemberAsai,
Committee MemberBoyle,
Committee MemberZahab,
Date: 24 April 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 April 2023
Approval Date: 24 April 2023
Submission Date: 19 April 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 70
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Choir, COVID, Choral
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2023 17:44
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2023 17:44


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