Committee Chair

Lee, William R.

Committee Member

Ford, Kevin; Atkins, Rebecca

Department

Dept. of Music

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

Group singing has served as a valued recreational, religious, and educational activity in communities and institutions throughout the United States. A historical case study of the University of Chattanooga, a small Methodist-Episcopal college founded in 1886, indicates ideological factors, historical events, and technological advancements that shaped the existence and function of choral curriculum and song traditions on campus. A timeline of choral traditions emerged which mirrored those of private liberal arts colleges nationwide. Singing on the University of Chattanooga campus established time honored traditions, cultivated a sense of community among students, and provided important services for University affairs. The larger implication of this study highlights the important role and function of institutional music ensembles. The remembrance and preservation of these past traditions ensures the continuance of their vital contribution to the structure and culture of the American college campus.

Acknowledgments

I express my gratitude to those who have been instrumental in the completion of this project. My greatest appreciation is for Dr. William Lee, whose infectious love for history inspired me to explore this topic. His guidance and wealth of knowledge was my greatest asset. Much appreciation is owed to Steven Cox in Special Collection and University Archives, whose assistance was invaluable. I would also like to thank my committee members, Dr. Kevin Ford and Dr. Rebecca Atkins, as well as Dr. Lee Harris for their encouragement and assistance on this project.

Degree

M. M.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Music.

Date

8-2014

Subject

Music -- Tennessee -- Chattanooga -- History and criticism; Choral singing -- Tennessee -- Chattanooga

Name

University of Chattanooga -- Choral organizations

Keyword

Music; History of music education; University history; Choral music

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

viii, 50 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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