Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

John Wiles


Recently, unconducted chamber vocal ensembles have emerged as one of, if not the most popular forms of vocal performing groups. TV shows such as "The Sing Off' and "Glee" showcase the musical abilities of this type of ensemble. Barbershop quartets enjoy high levels of popularity. Professional groups such as Voces8 and other groups on many college campuses are constantly in demand for performances. In addition, educators find it necessary to learn how to lead these groups especially in the state of Iowa where quartets are used for All-State auditions, and the popularity of Show Choir necessitates an unconducted vocal ensemble to be employed. How are the responsibilities of the directors of these groups different from that of traditional conductors? What pedagogical techniques are most useful in directing these groups, and fulfilling the responsibilities of a director of this type of ensemble, as it proceeds through the rehearsal process? This thesis will seek to answer these questions and others by examining an unconducted chamber vocal ensemble, namely the University of Northern Iowa Varsity Men's Glee Club Camerata.

Year of Submission



School of Music

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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