Intergenerational choral singing is a new and expanding practice in choral music. Despite statistics documenting the decline of traditional opportunities for beginning singers' exposure to choral singing, family choruses successfully bring music-making back to the heart of family and community life. Through the examination of several emerging family choruses this report catalogs the growth of this new trend while summarizing the many benefits and drawbacks to cooperative family singing. Directors and participants of The Family Folk Chorale, the Boston Intergenerational Chorus, the Singing in the Rain Family Choir, and the Harmonious Family Singers describe differing approaches to intergenerational singing. The concept is also exemplified through reporting on the programming, preparing, and performing of an intergenerational choir concert. Gaining popularity, family choirs are poised to become a significant new genre in choral singing, bringing new participants to the choral art, while building healthy families and strong communities.
|Commitee:||Brinegar, Donald, Regan, Suzanne, Schubert, Joseph|
|School:||California State University, Los Angeles|
|Department:||Music, Theatre and Dance|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Choir, Chorus, Community, Family, Intergenerational|
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