OCI International Conducting Studies Conference 2021

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



CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION ONLY: ‘How Do We Build a Bigger Table?’ An open conversation about race, racism and the conducting profession led by Stanford Thompson (Play On Philly)


About the conference

The 2021 Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference is the 4th biennial conference bringing together researchers and practitioners to generate interdisciplinary dialogue and promote further development in the field of conducting studies research. This year’s conference is entirely online and will host over 40 speakers from across the globe. Topics covered will include: historical perspectives on conducting practices, conducting and ensemble pedagogy, issues of gender and race in the conducting profession, empirical and philosophical approaches to conducting gesture research, ensemble leadership, repertoire programming and critical perspectives on interpretation, archival research into score marking, and musicians’ (including conductors!) wellbeing. 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.

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2021 Organising 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 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.

Conference Programme

The 2021 Conference Programme is now available here.


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2021 Guest Speakers

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)

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)

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