High-performance teams in music and business

Orchestras are teams of high specialised professionals. But what is the most successful way to bring together the individual capabilities of the performers to get to high performance?

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB | Haute école des arts de Berne
  • Pôle de recherche Institut Interpretation
  • Champ de recherche Autorschaft
  • Durée 01.02.2014 - 31.12.2015
  • Direction du projet Thomas Gartmann
  • Équipe du projet David Sinclair
    Egon Schranz
    Reinhard Riedl
    Tobias Pfleger
    Andrea Gurtner
    Afi Sika Kuzeawu
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH HESB | Economie, Santé, Travail social
    HESB | Haute école des arts de Berne
  • Mots-clés orchestra, high-performance, interaction, communication, hierarchy

Contexte initial

Our aim is to find out which conditions should prevail to get best results in high-performance music teams. We analysed three differently organized ensembles. After surveying the formal structures of the ensembles and their contexts, aims and structures by questionnaires we analysed decision-finding processes by oberserving rehearsals. Additionallys we conducted interviews with key players of the ensembles and with experts from other areas (business, sport etc.).


This research projects aims at describing and understanding the functioning of high-performance teams in music. Our analysis focuses on informal interaction, based on a survey of the organisational structure of the ensembles.

Compétences clés

This research project brings the departments of music and business together. They come to learn about methods applied characteristically each music and business and strengthen their cooperation.


Data surveyed on by several methodologies concerning conditions and realisation of high performance in music ensembles show that not only leading positions are important for the interaction, but also informal central persons. Among them co-leaders take a very significant role. The basis of high performance in music ensembles is what psychologists call "heedful interrelating", which meens to be aware that only optimal cooperation of the group generates best resultes.


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