OCIICSC 2020 paper titles and presenters who will retain places at OCIICSC 2021.

Invited Speaker: Peter Holman – Behold I tell you a mystery: How Handel and his Successors directed Messiah, and Why it Matters Today

Invited Speaker: Margaret Faultless – In conversation about leaders and leadership

Jeremiah Cawley, William Dawes, Patrick Allies and Hannah Ely – Following the Leader: A Discussion of the methodologies of conductor-led and conductor-less vocal ensembles

Jeremiah Cawley – Neurotic, Weak, and Ultramodern: Coded Language in Gestural Criticism

Corey Meals – A Question of Lag: Investigating the Relationship Between Conductor Gesture and Sonic Response in Instrumental Ensembles

Samantha Burgess – The emotional contagion of conductors’ facial gestures

Michael Bonshor – Mirroring, modelling and emotional contagion: the impact of non-verbal communication upon choral confidence

Brian Kaufman and Nell Flanders – Crutch or Critical? – Exploring the Use of Recordings within Conducting Pedagogy

Daniel McDavitt – Blended Learning in the Choral Rehearsal

Alexandra Dee – Beyond Peter and the Wolf: A Survey of Historic Practices and Planning Resources for Symphonic Education Concerts

Allegra Martin – “To Fling My Arms Wide” – How Diversity in Programming Can Benefit Your Ensemble

Rachel Howley – Conductors, we can change our world!

Evan Harger and Andrew Hatfield – The Interpretive Audition: Lenses of Interpretation and Ensemble Audition Pedagogy Abstract Subspecialty: Intersection of Philosophy, Pedagogy, and the University Audition Process

Vera Gehrs and Christoph Louven – A New Version of the kinelyze Motion Capture System and its Perspectives for Conducting Classes

Alexander Webb, Antonio Vassalo, Morten Vensberg, Mark Heron and Naomi Barker – ConductIT

Mary Black – “Energetic and Bright”: A Typology of Verbal Imagery in Choral Rehearsals

Patrick Allies – What does the piano in your head tell you? Issues of tuning for choral conductors

David Allinson – ‘Belonging without believing’: musical holidays in hallowed places

Jon Snyder – Challenges in the Loft?: An Ethnography of Texas Church Choir Directors

Paul De Cinque – Teaching Conducting at the undergraduate level: Responding to student needs in a diverse workplace

Petter Sundkvist – The Rehearsal – musical parameters, a hierarchy

Ubaldo Valli – Using Masks to Access Emotions for Conductors

Erin Bodnar – Cognitive Conducting: Using Mental Activities to Aid Our Movement

Alan Kwok – The gestural practices of Tai Ji Quan used in choral conducting as a meaningful communication for musical feeling and a phenomenology of gestures in conductors-singers interaction

Brian J. Winnie – Gesturing Together: Incorporating First-Person Perspective Gestural Models in the Choral Rehearsal

Erin Plisco – Organic Movement: A Hybrid Approach to Beginning Conducting

Fiona M. Palmer – ‘Let us have intelligently taught conductors’: Adrian Boult and Conductor Training in Britain after the First World War

Barbara Haws – The Conductor’s Whisperer: The Marked Scores of the New York Philharmonic

Stephen Mould and Raymond Holden – The Marks of the Maestro

Thomas Wozonig – “Three decades later I hope I know better.” Herbert von Karajan, Jean Sibelius’s Sixth Symphony and the Zeitgeist of Musical Interpretation

Leo Geyer – Challenging Interpretation

Amelia Nagoski – Burnout Prevention for Conductors and Their Ensembles


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