Identity in crisis: the role of work in the formation and renegotiation of a musical identity

Jane Oakland, Raymond MacDonald, Paul Flowers

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This study presents a qualitative investigation into the effects of enforced occupational change on a professional musical identity. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is used to explore the meaning of redundancy for six professional opera choristers. The paper highlights aspects of career disruption that are unique to singers who make their living using a biologically embedded instrument.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-276
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Music Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013



  • professional identity
  • musical identitity
  • musician
  • opera singer
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis

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