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Church Organists:Analysing their Willingness to Play

  • Don Webber


    (University of the West of England)

  • Martin Freke

    (University of the West of England)

There currently exists a scarcity of church organ players even though they have traditionally been well paid. This paper presents an empirical investigation into the factors that affect the church organ player’s willingness to play. Results suggest pay does not attract the organ player to the position but being paid in situ increases their willingness to play, as do larger choir sizes and a better instrument quality. We also identify that organ players should be taught when they are young, as the younger the church organ player started learning the instrument then the greater their willingness to play.

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Paper provided by Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol in its series Working Papers with number 0309.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2003
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Handle: RePEc:uwe:wpaper:0309
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