OCI International Conducting Studies Conference 2021

Oxford Conducting Institute
International Conducting Studies Conference 2021
25-26 June, online

OCI ICSC 2020 was postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The organising committee had hoped to host an in-person or hybrid event this coming June, but with the current global circumstances it was decided to hold the entire conference online to facilitate participation. An in-person/hybrid conference is currently being planned for 2022.

Guest Speakers

Panel Discussion: ‘How Do We Build a Bigger Table?’ An open conversation about race, racism and the conducting profession led by Stanford Thompson (Play On Philly)
Panellists include Jeri Lynne Johnson (Black Pearl Orchestra), Leslie Dunner (Interlochen Center for the Arts), Alexander Douglas (ADM Productions/ British Forum for Ethnomusicology), and Yi Yun Soo (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama)

This panel discussion will be free for all to attend – conference registration is not required. Specific registration details will be posted here.

Behold I tell you a mystery: How Handel and his Successors directed Messiah, and Why it Matters Today
Guest speaker: Peter Holman (University of Leeds)

Conductors’ Responsibilities, Intercultural Collaboration and Classical Music in a post-COVID World
Guest speaker: Maria Badstue (Danish conductor and founder INDK Symphonic Collaboration)

Margaret Faultless in conversation with Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey about Leaders/Concertmasters and leadership
Guest Speaker: Margaret Faultless (Leader, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment)

Conference Programme

The 2021 Conference Programme is now available here.


Click here for information about registration.

About the conference

OCI ICSC 2021 is the fourth conference designed to bring together researchers and practitioners in order to generate interdisciplinary dialogue about, raise awareness of, and generate further development in the field of conducting studies. As the three previous conferences have shown, the practice of instrumental and vocal conducting encompasses vastly more than its physical manifestation suggests. The Conference continues to explore conducting’s many facets through a range of disciplines including musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. Previous Keynote speakers have included: Sian Edwards, William Christie, Odaline de la Martinez, Stephen Darlington, Alice Farnham, David Robertson and Andrea Quinn.

Details of the online event will be made available here and on our Facebook page and on twitter (@OCIConference, #ConductingStudies).

2021 Organizing committee: Dr John Traill (University of Oxford); Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey (University of Oxford); Dr Carolyn Watson (University of Kansas); Professor Fiona M. Palmer (Maynooth University); and Dr Jeremiah Cawley (Loras College).

Contact: oci.conference.info@gmail.com

OCI Special Edition of Music Performance Research

Featuring articles from 2016 and 2018 conference papers, the special edition is now available online at: http://musicperformanceresearch.org/current-issue/


Guest Editorial: Positioning “conducting studies” in 2020 – where are we and where can we go? (Vol. 10, i-viii)
John Traill, Fiona Palmer and Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey

Leading with score study: changing priorities in undergraduate conducting curricula (Vol. 10, 1-20)
Brian Kaufman and Nell Flanders

Complicating leadership: choral conducting training through movement theatre practice (Vol. 10, 21-37)
Daniel Galbreath and Gavin Thatcher

Collaborative learning and choral confidence: the role of peer interactions in building confident amateur choirs (Vol. 10, 38-56)
Michael Bonshor

When are initial consonants articulated in choral performance? Cases studies of choral works sung in German (Vol. 10, 57-83)
Caiti Hauck