Choral accompanying: Identification and effective use of important skills and attributes in choral rehearsal

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)


Music Performance

First Committee Member

Paul Posnak - Committee Chair


Choral accompanying has many areas of application: professional choral ensembles, public schools and universities, religious, and community choirs. Although the settings are as diverse as the repertoire sung, the choral rehearsal is a common factor. The successful choral accompanist possesses a number of important keyboard and musical skills, and personal attributes and interpersonal skills, which significantly contribute to an effective rehearsal. The choral accompanist also works with a conductor, a unique collaboration that presents additional demands and responsibilities.The author's objectives are to identify these skills and attributes, and to explain their effective use in choral rehearsal, using examples from the choral literature. The identification of these skills and attributes has been aided by the examination of books, articles, and theses written on the subject of accompanying, predominantly of choral accompanying. To supplement these sources, the author has interviewed selected choral conductors and accompanists regarding the skills and attributes they consider most important, and regarding their professional expectations of each other. The author also provides information from her personal experiences as a professional choral accompanist and choral director. The concluding chapter contains recommendations for the development of student choral accompanists at the pre-college level. The appendices include the author's interview questions for choral conductors and choral accompanists, and a suggested choral repertoire list.


Music; Education, Music

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