Searching for Voices in the Ensemble Setting: Comparing Contexts, Strategies, and Identities

Donald Buell, Andrea Rose


The ways in which choral and instrumental conductors use singing, speaking, and paralinguistics in rehearsal vary greatly, and are significant in determining learning and performance outcomes. Research by Barresi (1978), Rohwer (1995), and others has highlighted the importance and value of these voice uses for modelling and other pedagogical objectives. The purpose of this paper is to report the
initial findings of a study designed to examine the general approaches, strategies, and perceptions of voice use by experienced, successful choral and instrumental
teacher/conductors. This study focussed particularly on the relationships between conductor backgrounds (musical and cultural), formal professional preparation, and current practice and contexts.

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