Women as musical leaders: experiences and perceptions of female conductors and concertmasters in Perth, Western Australia

Sarah Wells

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Abstract

Despite the increasing presence of female conductors and concertmasters in professional symphonic orchestras, their stories have scarcely been documented. This thesis addresses the paucity of material in this area through investigating the biographical experiences and their effects on the careers of female conductors and concertmasters working in Perth, Western Australia. Through the analysis of the women's experiences and perceptions, this research takes a fresh look at leadership in music, and questions ways in which values and enabling structures in the symphonic orchestra generate impediments to the participation of women. It also considers how women currently working in leadership positions are redefining the parameters for participation and success. To carry out this research the investigation adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on and contributing to literature in psychology, musicology and feminist studies.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Publication statusUnpublished - 2011

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