Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey

Postdoctoral Researcher on the AHRC-funded 'Transforming 19th-Century HIP' research project (TCHIP); Junior Research Fellow, Somerville College

BM (Fairbanks, AK), MM, MM (Ithaca, NY), MSt, DPhil (Oxon)


Social and psychological aspects of group music-making; power, creativity, and authorship in musical performance; historical and contemporary orchestral practices.

Cayenna’s doctoral research Tracking Creativity and Authorship in Orchestral Performance was completed 2016 at the University of Oxford, supervised by Prof Eric Clarke. It sought to identify what prompts orchestral musicians to make the decisions that they do about precisely how and when they play their parts, connecting-up influences with actions and the production of the expressive parameters of orchestral performance. Her mixed-methods research approach included the development of a new form of web-based video-stimulated recall in collaboration with computer scientists at Cornell University, which facilitated the collection of orchestral musicians’ experiences in real-world rehearsal and performance settings. Her work on the Transforming 19-Century HIP research project will continue to explore issues of interpersonal communication and influence in orchestras within an HIP context.

Cayenna holds master degrees in orchestral conducting and percussion performance and serves at the Associate Conductor for the Orchestra of St John’s.

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