Date of Award

Spring 4-8-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



First Advisor

Brenda M. Romero

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Swanson

Third Advisor

Donald McKinney


Comprehensive collaboration between collegiate wind and choral departments would be of substantial benefit to faculty, students, universities, and their communities at large. This includes modeling healthy project-based collaboration, exploring the wide range of wind-choral repertoire available, and forming a deeper understanding of both similarities and differences between areas.

The following work aims to explore the intricacies of collaboration–both the intent behind it, and essential elements for success. The author then offers tools to develop a common language between choral and wind conductors in the areas of vocal production, text, rhythm, timbre, balance, articulation, and intonation. Finally, based on interviews with five leading university wind and choral conductors, a guide for effective collaboration is presented. Key musical and logistical tools are provided for faculty to start a conversation, bridge perceived schisms, and be able to unite behind common goals.

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