International Journal of Research in Choral Singing

The Scientific Research Journal of the American Choral Directors Association


The International Journal of Research in Choral Singing is a publication of the American Choral Directors Association. This journal welcomes studies that apply rigorous, systematically-grounded methodologies, either quantitative or qualitative, to investigate phenomena of potential interest to all who sing in, work with, or are otherwise interested in choral ensembles. The intention is to aim beyond a purely anecdotal, "this works for me" approach to choral singing and an "art object" approach that concentrates exclusively upon choral music scores and composers. Persons interested in submitting studies for blind review should consult the submission guidelines.

The IJRCS began in 2002 with a call for manuscripts issued by an international interest group composed of choral conductor-teachers and voice scientists, each of whom was an established researcher and an active choral musician. From its beginning, the journal has encouraged research-based understandings that promote mutually informative conversation among scientific, artistic, and pedagogical orientations to choir singing. IJRCS articles have been cited to date in scores of dissertations and theses; in studies appearing in other journals, such as the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of Voice, and the Journal of Research in Music Education; and in some recent choral conducting, science of music performance, and choir pedagogy textbooks, attesting to the journal's transdisciplinary orientation.

In 2012, the American Choral Directors Association (ADCA), recognizing IJRC's contributions to the choral community and its need for administrative support, proposed to the IJRCS Board that ACDA publish the journal without changes to the journal's mission, policies, or editorial autonomy. By terms of the resulting memorandum of agreement IJRCS became the scientific research journal of the American Choral Directors Association.

Articles appearing in this journal have undergone blind refereeing by three members of our Editorial Board. Manuscripts from Editorial Board members undergo the same rigorous, blind review procedures required for all submissions.

IJRCS is a non profit journal, published without advertisements and without charging a fee to authors. As a freely accessible research journal, IJRCS grants permission for readers to reproduce and/or link electronically to articles for noncommercial, educational purposes only. Permission to reproduce articles for any other purposes may be requested by writing to ACDA, 545 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102. All rights reserved.

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