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Master of Music (MMUS)




Odvin Hagen (1898-1967) influenced, established and maintained the Nation's second oldest established "A capella" choir. For Hagen, the elements of effectively organizing and administering a choral program that faced great obstacles is a great product of his lifelong work. Our aptitude to study his achievements and methods of obtaining desired outcomes can help present and future choral directors understand challenges facing their particular program. The first purpose of this study is to examine the classroom/rehearsal techniques of Odvin Hagen. The second purpose of this study was to discover what methods Odvin Hagen used outside of the classroom. Historical information gathered included: 1) personal letters, 2) speeches, 3) reports, 4) journals, 5) newspapers, and 6) reviews. Qualitative data using interviews with open ended questions was generated. Interviews also produced extensive background information as presented in the related literature Chapter. This thesis contributed insight for present day choral directors to solve problems that arise today, including teacher interaction with students, choral rehearsal techniques, and teaching styles.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Music and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1998 Elmer Myron Ellefson.