Hidden Voices: Professional Choristers in Southern Ontario

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Walker, Andrew James Howard




Research has shown that choral music is a popular and persistent art form in Canadian life, yet little inquiry has been undertaken to better understand those who work in the field. This thesis sheds light on professional choristers in southern Ontario in an effort to dispel their shadowy status in both scholarly research and cultural policy. This status is a product of the culture of the choral arts sector that is inculcated by training and workplace institutions and internalized in the individual chorister's self-conceptualization. As workers in an inherently communal, community-based, and accessible art form, these choristers are ill matched with the contemporary logic of cultural policy. Through a methodology combining interviews with professional choristers and autoethnography, this thesis outlines their lived experiences and offers a glimpse of what an artist-centric federal cultural policy could be.


Canadian Studies
Political Science




Carleton University

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