Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2019

Degree Name

DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Agrell, Jeffrey

First Committee Member

Cohen, Mary

Second Committee Member

Manning, John

Third Committee Member

Schendel, Amy

Fourth Committee Member

Allen, Jonathan


Music has been part of human culture since the beginning of civilization. All musical types, styles, and genres are products of different cultures at different times. What we refer to today as Classical Music are the musical compositions written for standard Western European orchestral instruments ranging from solo to chamber music to symphony orchestra. Towards the end of the nineteenth-century classical music gradually came to be seen as "serious" music that required deeper knowledge in order to truly appreciate it. With the rise of the popular music category, classical music itself has become less relevant and less a part of today’s society.

Classical music institutions have thus been trying to find different strategies to reconnect classical music with audiences. Examples include attractive subscription schemes, varied concert formats, and community and educational projects. It is also notable that non-musical aspects connected with concerts also contribute to an audience’s overall decision making. The quality of the performance is not the only factor anymore that needs to be considered to ensure success. This dissertation explores different strategies used by some prominent Western European art music organizations, mainly orchestras, to creatively engage their audiences. These strategies are examples of successful audience engagement that can serve as a resource for other organizations in their quest to engage their own audiences.


Audience, Classical Music, Community, Engagement, Orchestra, Strategies


v, 94 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-88).


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