For group 3's second ethnography, we chose to attend a harp recital here on Florida State University's campus. They played some traditional and some classical music which was very pleasing to the audiences ear.
Ethnography Response Questions
1.What are the demographics of the audience? of the musicians?
Because the performers were high school and college students of Professor Mary Roman's, the demographic of the audience was broad. There were adults, most likely parents of some of the students; there were young-high school aged teenagers, most likely siblings or friends of the performers; and there were college students, most likely observing music students or friends of the performers. Classical music may seem to not be applicable to all ages, but truly it is. Even the non-music major audience members were entranced by the beautiful sound that the harp produces.
2.What role does the venue play in people's [performer, audience, researcher] expectations of the musical performance and how does this particular performance meet or fail to meet those expectations?
The venue of the Harp recital met the expectations of the audience. The recital hall was very formal, and the performers were dressed formally. The concert etiquette was also indicative of the formal setting of the recital. This contrasts with B-Sharp's, because the performance at B-Sharp's was very informal, casual and was basically a jam session. The harp recital was planned ahead and the structure was very rigid and thought out.
3. What is the role of economics in this particular musical event?
Economics did not play a role in this formal event. There was no admission and it was an event whose sole purpose was to entertain the audience. Compared to most events that are similar to these, admission prices could vary anywhere from $10-$15. Fortunately, most Florida State College of Music performances are free to all Florida State students, allowing us to view special shows just like this one.Therefore, from and economic standpoint, nothing was affected due to the fact that this event was free for everyone to enjoy.
5. Who are the performers and what is their relationship to the audience?
The performers at the harp recital were fellow students here at Florida State University. They ranged anywhere from 18-21 years of age and were all female. Their relationship to the audience was somewhat personal. The people in the audience looked as though some were mothers and fathers, as there were many older men and women there together. It seemed as though a couple audience members were siblings to some of the performers as they were younger and came with an older couple who resembled a mother and father. Lastly, the few other audience members relationship with the performers seemed friendly, whether they were just friends of the performers or in one case a boy had roses so he may have been the boyfriend of one of the performers. All in all the audience members were connected to the performers in one way or another.