Robert Shaw and Weston Noble, and How Community and Followership Was Created Within Their Choirs

August 12, 2013 / By: Jennifer Dana Krinke

The purpose of this study was to investigate how Robert Shaw and Weston Noble, two renowned American choral conductors, created a sense of community and followership within their choirs and performing groups. The study begins by defining "sense of community" and ":followership" as they relate to choral organizations and other performing groups. Each of the next two sections is devoted to Shaw and Noble respectively, beginning with a brief biography and then a discussion of the unique ways each motivated and inspired his choirs towards community and followership. Section four shows a comparison of the two conductors, their similarities and differences and offers some insights into how their work could be applicable in other choral settings.