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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 370 389 (ext. 23700)


Ágata Ricca was born in Porto and completed the piano course at the Porto Conservatory of Music. Graduated and Master in Choral Conducting from the Lisbon Superior School of Music, where she studied with conductor Paulo Lourenço. She also studied in Riga, Latvia, in an exchange program, under the guidance of conductor Andris Veismanis. She has always sung in choirs and works as a conductor since 2011. She is a doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Aveiro, under the guidance of Professor Paulo Maria Rodrigues. Having already worked in various educational institutions and educational / social projects, her field of research, interest and action is choral practice as a means of social inclusion, which she has been developing in Portugal and abroad. Throughout her career she worked with several renowned teachers and educators. She currently develops choral work with various communities. She is also a member of the board of Coros Portugal - Portuguese Association of Choral Music, which main objective is to create, support and promote projects that develop choral music in Portugal and take Portuguese choral music across borders.


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Doctoral Project
Seeing the world from a “sense of possibility”: perspectives on an experience of choral practice in the daily life of a refugee camp.
Agata projeto
In this research I plan to create an artistic experience of communication through choral practice in a refugee camp. The main goal is to understand the impact it can have on participants and to create well-being and opening up future possibilities. For this purpose, ideally two choirs will be created (according to the age group) in a refugee camp over six months. The whole process will be carried out in collaboration with the participants, from a Community Music perspective and through a participatory action research methodology. Research has been carried out on the situation of the current refugee crisis and the impact that music and choral practice can have in similar situations, in communities that appear accidentally, even though there is still a lack of studies in the area. The data will be collected firsthand through experience and strategies used, reading logbooks, informal conversations with participants and volunteers, semi-structured interviews, among others. A thematic analysis of these will be made to understand the impact that the experience had on the daily lives of the rural inhabitants and how these results, if positive, could be extended to other similar contexts.