. The Choral Hierarchy Examined: The Presence of Women’s Choirs in Monographs on Choral Literature and Choral History
. Master of Music thesis. Syracuse University, 2013.
Women’s choirs have been perceived as less prestigious than, and inferior to, mixed choirs. There is a well-documented choral hierarchy in academia that favors mixed choirs above other choir types. Most frequently, the delineation of the choral hierarchy places women’s choirs at the bottom. Books about choral literature and choral history are influential media for those selecting repertoire for choirs. In this study, the monographs recommended as resources on choral literature and choral history by the American Choral Directors Association were surveyed to ascertain the quantity and kind of repertoire included for women’s choirs as compared to the quantity and kind of repertoire included for other types of choirs in order to determine if the monographs reflected the choral hierarchy.