Toward a more inclusive profession: a qualitative study of female wind band conductors

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Pamela Lynn Klena (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kevin Geraldi

Abstract: Women are a minority group in the profession of wind band conducting. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to interview a select group of nationally-recognized women who are wind band conductors to glean insights into their experiences and perspectives. These distinguished women share their motivations, career and life experiences, and advice in non-confidential interviews. The profession of wind band conducting is enlightened by the participants who provided insights and context into their experiences, frames of reference, and viewpoints as women. Three primary themes emerge from the data. Identity-masking and performance attire for female conductors is the first theme. Participants share experiences, wisdom, and opinions to contribute to this complex discussion. In the second theme, the participants describe personal experiences and provide wisdom for navigating both overt and subtle discrimination in the field of music. In the final theme, the participants state a desire to connect with and invest in future generations of women in the conducting profession. The researcher also presents secondary themes that emerge from the data and may be important avenues for future research.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2020
Band, Collegiate, Conducting, Inclusivity, Women
Conductors (Music) $x Women
Bands (Music)
Wind ensembles

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