What psychological effect has the pandemic on choral singers?
Research survey by the universities of Milan and Padua
It’s more than a year now that choir singers all over the world are not able to meet up regularly for rehearsals. A deep work on new choral works is just as impossible as meeting in the group, socializing, and experiencing the important sense of belonging together. Virtual meetings, rehearsals and projects have turned out to be a good tool to stay connected, but would never replace the personal connection and singing together on a real (not virtual) place.
The psychological aspects of the consequences of the pandemic for each individual are currently being researched in many studies. After INTERKULTUR gave the impulse to put a special focus on the choral world, a cooperation between the Department of Psychology of the Catholic University of Milan and by the Department of General Psychology of the Padua University in Italy has started to explore the psychological effect of the pandemic especially on choral singers.
Their focus is on the restart of choir rehearsals: There can be elements that facilitate it (e.g. the joy of singing and being in a choir) and other elements that restrain it (e.g. the fear of risks). The team of researches will delve into these topics with the objective to foster an unconcerned return to normality.
For their research a questionnaire was prepared to collect information about what chorister think and feel, and choir singers from all over the world are encouraged to answer their questions and contribute to the research. The data will be dealt with in aggregate form (average values) and will be anonymous.
Take part in the survey and feel free to share this questionnaire also in your own network. Click here!