Vinsamlegast notið þetta auðkenni þegar þið vitnið til verksins eða tengið í það: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/25494
This action research focuses on the women choir Katla, which I conduct with Hildigunnur Einarsdóttir. I am a singer as well and work as such but the Katla choir platform is the beginning of my career as a professional musician. It is my home, my laboratory and has encouraged me to take both new and more steps towards my artistic identity.
The goal of this action research was to analyze the group culture, image and creative methods in music making and thereby provide a picture of a fresh model of an Icelandic women choir, exploring new ways of sharing leadership with the choir in the creative process. In order to do this I conducted a survey among the choir members where following questions were asked:
1. In a few words, can you describe the group‘s culture?
2. How do you perceive the outside image that the Katla‘s have?
3. How would you describe as the choir‘s uniqueness?
4. What would you say is the most important thing about participating in the choir and what do you get out of it?
5. What you think is the best way to learn songs in a choir?
The participation in the survey was very good with a response rate of 87% (41/47 participants answered). The results indicate that we are innovative in sense of repertoire and methods of working with a capella music, both in practices and in performances. Furthermore the survey shows a strong relation between the culture, the image and artistic outcome.
According to the answers the group describes the culture and image as a strong and brave unity, willing to work outside of the box by creating our arrangements on the spot and striving to perform in unusal settings. The creative process is cohesive with the culture and my partner and I see ourselves more like artistic leaders rather then the typical choir conductor. Therefore we route for free flowing and taking things as they come in rehearsals.This way of working with a choir, that is building up a repertoire with our own arrrangements in collaboration with the choir, and often without scores, is innovative here in Iceland. In this report I describe our ways of working creatively with the Katla women choir, much in the manner of leading and guiding, a method which relies upon sharing the artistic leadership, creating together and stepping down from the podium. It is my hope that this action research will inspire other choir conductors to do this, as it strengthens the choir, both socially and musically.