Development of Multicultural Choirs on College Campuses

Theory and Practice

Authored by: Annabel J. Cohen , Karen M. Ludke , Bing-Yi Pan

The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138061224
eBook ISBN: 9781315162546
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This chapter describes a single multicultural choir developed on a university campus over an eight-year period. Multicultural choir here refers to a group of people (chiefly students), born in different countries, now connected to one local area or institution, who learn to sing songs from the cultures of the singers in the group. While choirs often sing songs from different cultures, it is less common to limit the repertoire to the cultures of the performers. We suggest that singing songs from the cultures of choir members, in the context of those cultures, adds special value to the individual members, to the choir as a whole, and to the organization or institution from which the choir is drawn.

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