Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Study of Women's Experiences in Becoming Professional Classical String Musicians
by Bedol, Laura, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 32; 13858477
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music, Womens studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Bias, Discrimination, Gender, Orchestra, Strings, Women
Publication Number: 13858477
ISBN: 9781088336793
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