Date of Degree
DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Marian Wilson Kimber
Third Committee Member
William L Jones
Fourth Committee Member
Although women have slowly been accepted in America's top orchestras, they are still a minority. Certain instrument sections remain predominantly male in spite of the implementation of blind auditions. Inconsistency in the use of the screen in blind auditions is partially responsible for the lack of women in orchestras, but the problem is seeded in cultural constructions that act as barriers for female brass, percussion and string bass players. Gender constructions have dictated that women should not play instruments that are loud, heavy or require physical exertion. Nonetheless, many women have shown that they are capable of performing as well as men on these instruments. Brass players are often the highest paid in an orchestra, thus women musicians face economic discrimination when they face bias at the hiring level or in the workplace.
Blind auditions, Brass, Gender, Orchestra, Percussion, Women
viii, 101 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-101).
Copyright 2010 Amy Louise Phelps
Phelps, Amy Louise. "Beyond auditions: gender discrimination in America's top orchestras." DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2010.