Marie Grass Amenta on Choral Ethics

MARIE GRASS AMENTA ON CHORAL ETHICS:

Physicians take an oath—the Hippocratic Oath–as they graduate from medical school and are awarded their M.D.s. They swear to ‘do no harm.’  I wonder if we should be required to do the same.  We must do no harm to our singers, both physically and emotionally, by using our knowledge of the human voice to prevent injury and by not emotionally abusing them by our behavior inside rehearsals and out.  We must do no harm to our colleagues by not bad mouthing or undermining them in public to singers or audience members or the community at large. We must do no harm to our profession as a whole by upholding ourselves to as high a musical standard as possible within our scope of expertise and by respecting the rights of the composers we perform.

These are some good general ideas.  While we are all aware of the obvious ethical lapses, these smaller infractions also have a price.

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