Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MMUS)



First Advisor

Dr. Melissa Berke


The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between competitive show choir and male enrollment in high school choral ensembles. This study was conducted in two parts. Part I involved the completion of a survey by high school choral directors (N=25) to obtain demographic- information, male enrollment information, and ratings of importance of nine elements of their choral program. Part II was a survey of male students (N=57) currently enrolled in high school choral programs to obtain information on the factors that influenced their decision to join choir. Results indicated: 1) Directors placed a higher importance on the traditional established components of a choral program such as All State, contest ratings and the musical. 2) There were no differences in male enrollment in schools with s ow choirs as compared to those without show choirs. 3) There is a moderate correlation between male enrollment and participation in competitive show choir. 4) Male students cite quality of performances and personal enjoyment as main factors influencing them to enroll in a choral ensemble.


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 2004 Doran L. Johnson.