ATCHISON, Morag Catriona

DMA University of Auckland 2013 Pages: 141

The soloist as an ensemble singer

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Link to Thesis: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/20577

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Abstract/Summary/Outline:

My doctoral study is driven by my interest in choral music, ensemble repertoire for soloists, and the training of the choral musician in the New Zealand environment. Choral singing has for too long been seen as the poorer cousin of solo singing and therefore it is often overlooked in the training of young singers. If you look at the list of winners from New Zealand’s most prestigious singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest (formerly the Mobil Song Quest), an extraordinary number of these have sung in one of the national choirs or had an extensive choral training. Yet in spite of this, many young singers are discouraged from singing in a choir for fear that it will ruin their solo potential. Through the music of five recitals I have explored the role of the soloist in the ensemble, from the music of Bach through to contemporary art music from New Zealand.

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