Community, commitment, and the ten 'commandments' : singing in the coro furlan

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2011, Community, commitment, and the ten 'commandments' : singing in the coro furlan, in RIME 2011 : The proceedings of the 7th International Conference for Research in Music Education, [The Conference], [Devon, England], pp. 73-73.

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Title Community, commitment, and the ten 'commandments' : singing in the coro furlan
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, Dawn
Conference name International Conference for Research in Music Education (7th : 2011 : Devon, England)
Conference location Devon, England
Conference dates 12-16 Apr. 2011
Title of proceedings RIME 2011 : The proceedings of the 7th International Conference for Research in Music Education
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series Research in Music Education Conference
Start page 73
End page 73
Publisher [The Conference]
Place of publication [Devon, England]
Keyword(s) choir
Summary Successful ageing involves maintaining well-being and actively engaging with life through the making and sustaining of relationships within community. Membership of community music groups by older people can enhance quality of life, give a sense of fulfillment, offer the possibility for personal growth and create a platform through which they share and celebrate cultural identity and diversity. This study explores community and cultural engagement by members of the Coro Furlan, an Italian male community choir in Melbourne, Australia. This case study is part of a current wider research project, Well-being and ageing: community, diversity and the arts in Victoria (Australia), begun in 2008, which explores how the arts foster well-being in ageing communities. In this case study, members of the Coro Furlan volunteered to participate in a focus group interview in 2009. The transcript was analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis which seeks to explore the lived world of participants. Analysis of the data identified three broad themes: a sense of community, the maintenance of cultural identity and sustaining a sense of well-being through shared music making. The findings demonstrate the strength of the bonds formed by choir membership with high levels of commitment reflected in their ten ‘Commandments’ that were first documented in Italian in the 1970s. The choir members consider themselves to be the custodians of Friulian choral music in Australia, as well as performers of music from Italy and other countries. Singing in this choir has offered the predominantly older members an opportunity to value, learn, and share music in formal and informal settings. This paper identifies how music engagement can facilitate successful ageing through commitment to community, singing and following the ten ‘Commandments’ of the Coro Furlan.
Language eng
Field of Research 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035387

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