Historically, women have been excluded from becoming professional classical musicians—as orchestral instrumentalists, as college or conservatory students, or as composers and conductors. In the nineteenth century, female musicians started to break these exclusionary traditions by becoming well-known soloists and winning orchestra positions. However, women continue to experience gender bias and discrimination as professional string musicians.
The purpose of this study was to create awareness about women’s struggles as they shape their careers in classical music performance. I interviewed four female string musicians to explore how gender-based experiences impacted their career paths. I then offer insight that may assist with navigating gender discrimination.
|Advisor:||Thies, Tamara T.|
|Commitee:||Simeonov, Simeon, Waites, Althea|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Bob Cole Conservatory of Music|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Womens studies, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Bias, Discrimination, Gender, Orchestra, Strings, Women|
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