Chamber Music and Wellbeing: Melbourne Recital Centre Salon Audience and Musician Responses

Rocke, Stephanie, Davidson, Jane, and Krause, Amanda (2022) Chamber Music and Wellbeing: Melbourne Recital Centre Salon Audience and Musician Responses. In: [Presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia]. p. 28. From: 45th Annual Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, 1-3 December 2022, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Chamber music ensemble members typically have protean careers that intersperse performance opportunities with other activities. Musicians involved in a study investigating the Melbourne Recital Centre’s (MRC) Local Heroes Series (LHS) of chamber music concerts across two seasons in 2019 advised that balancing competing priorities can be stressful. In contrast, recent research has shown that musicians engaged in fulltime classical music performance report higher wellbeing levels than the general public, with the most significant source of wellbeing coming from meaningful experiences. When thematically analysing data from the LHS study, which involved 199 audience members, 14 classical musicians and 6 MRC staff, and included researcher observations of 16 concerts, a wealth of wellbeing-related data emerged. While wellbeing in the arts is a burgeoning field, little attention has been paid to wellbeing in chamber music contexts; thus, the emergent data invited closer scrutiny. In presenting the results of analysis of the data, this paper aims to provide classical music performers with knowledge that will inspire them to reimagine what chamber musicking might be in ways that increase wellbeing for themselves and the audience.

Item ID: 76865
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: music psychology, psychology of music, social and applied psychology of music, music performance, health, well-being, chamber music, ensemble, audience
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2023 02:04
FoR Codes: 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360304 Music performance @ 50%
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130102 Music @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 50%
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