Date of Award
Master of Arts
Maria Cristina Fava, Ph.D.
Chair Lauron Kehrer, Ph.D.
Kimberly Dunn Adams, D.M.A.
Choral music, Hearne, religion, sexual violence, trauma, voice
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This thesis considers Ted Hearne’s sixteen-voice choral composition Consent as a demonstration of gender-based violence and rape. Scholars have observed the relationships between trauma, identity, sound, and performance; however, few have explored the effects of cross-generational violence in a choral setting. The author primarily focuses on the origins of the composer’s selection of the religious and primary-source texts, where he defines the rhetoric that either incites and/or justifies sexual violence using historical and theological contexts. This thesis contains interviews with members of the professional chamber choir that brought the piece critical acclaim, The Crossing, where participants shared their musical experience and relationship to rape culture. To rationalize these experiences, the author draws on psycho-musicological research that details the bodily manifestations of trauma during a performance. Proven by historical context, musical prose of insidious rhetoric, and firsthand accounts, Ted Hearne’s Consent acts as both a mirror and magnifying glass to our patriarchal society that sustains rape culture.
Walker, Leonard Bill Jr., ""Who Gives This Woman": Ted Hearne's Musical Exploration of Sexual Violence" (2022). Masters Theses. 5340.