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ERIC Number: ED516460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 183
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1240-3145-3
Elements of Leading Collegiate Choral Programs in the United States
Garrett, Jennifer M.
ProQuest LLC, D.M.A. Dissertation, Arizona State University
This study explored the attributes of three leading choral programs in the United States using interview and observation data. It extrapolated attributes from case studies of highly respected programs located at St. Olaf College, the University of Southern California (USC), and Florida State University (FSU). The first attribute identified at each institution was a heritage of excellent choral production. All three schools reflected an extensive history of successful choirs. Second, these schools each offered diverse, flexible, and comprehensive degree programs that prepared students for success and routinely placed their graduates in the career or graduate program of their choice. Third, the ensembles at St. Olaf, USC, and FSU also reflected diversity and flexibility. They allowed students to select the ensemble that best meets their own needs while still fulfilling the larger program's goals. These choirs also benefited from quality facilities and generally sufficient physical resources. Fourth, these programs profited from exceptional visibility. Through their efforts to record, tour, and perform at high profile events, these choral programs continued to draw attention to their institutions. Fifth, the faculty employed by these schools contributed a visibility of their own that was derived from their personal success. They attracted strong students and provided quality education and experience to those under their tutelage. Finally, a positive and supportive ethos characterized these schools. Students and faculty shared in this camaraderie and cooperated to create an atmosphere of success. The identification of these characteristics provided a template that other choral programs may wish to emulate in an effort to establish their own well respected collegiate choral program. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Minnesota