International Conducting Studies Conference 2019

The University of Sydney
Oxford Conducting Institute
International Conducting Studies Conference 2019
2-4 August, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Please visit the University of Sydney website for information about the call for papers and registration. Deadline for proposals is Monday 3 December 2018.

About the conference

The practice of instrumental and vocal conducting encompasses vastly more than the physical manifestation of it suggests. Over the course of history it has been shaped and defined by individuals and organisations, and yet precisely pinning down what a conductor can, should and does do, continues to be elusive. Scholars and practitioners continue to explore the numerous facets of conducting through historical, philosophical, social and psychological lenses, and OCIICSC SCM2019 brings together these diverse perspectives to generate interdisciplinary dialogue and raise awareness around issues in the field of conducting today. Previous Keynote speakers have included: Sian Edwards, William Christie, Odaline de la Martinez, Stephen Darlington, Alice Farnham, Edward Higginbottom and Andrea Quinn.

Following on from two successful conferences at the University of Oxford, OCIICSC SCM2019, in collaboration with The University of Sydney and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, aims to broaden the geographical compass of the conference discussions. The conference will be held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney from the 2nd-4th August 2019. Keynote speakers will include: David Robertson (Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Neal Peres da Costa (Head of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music), and Karen Grylls (Head of Conducting at the University of Auckland, New Zealand) among others.

A special issue of Music Performance Research dedicated to the field of Conducting Studies, will be published in late 2019 featuring articles selected from conference presentations given in 2016 and 2018.

If you presented at either of these conferences and would like more information, please email

Here are a few quotes from 2016 delegates as they describe what they enjoyed most about the conference:


“I loved the opportunity to meet and engage with such a diverse group of individuals in the conducting field”

“I think overall having the opportunity to build friendships and network with other conductors who are working in academia. The relevance of research and performance is so important and the Conference fostered this to a high level. The close proximity to the presentations – catering and accommodation was excellent.”

“The social side was great, but I believe I enjoyed the diversity of very high-leveled presentations most.”

“Being able to have great conversations with other conductors. I also LOVED the great conversations after the gender panel. It was terrific to hear all of the conversations (both negative and positive). It created terrific dialogue.”

“Just having 3 days to think and reflect about what we do without having to conduct a rehearsal.”


Organizing committee: John Traill (University of Oxford), Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey (University of Oxford), Neil McEwan (University of Sydney), Aleta King (Avondale Conservatorium), Tzelaw Chan (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore), and Stephen Mould (University of Sydney).