International Conducting Studies Conference 2019

Presented by the University of Sydney and Oxford Conducting Institute

2-4 August, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney



Registration open until 15 July

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).

This year’s conference features a breadth of approaches to instrumental and choral conducting research. Papers include interdisciplinary perspectives on gesture and conducting pedagogy, technology in research and practice, historical perspectives and research on the profession both in the rehearsal classroom and on the professional stage.

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). 


Oxford Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference 2018


21-23 June, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford


Vocal and instrumental conductors and conducting are at the core of a multitude of musical endeavours across the globe, shaping musical practices and experiences in substantial ways. Scholars and practitioners have explored, and continue to explore, historical, philosophical, social and psychological aspects of conducting across a wide range of practices, and OCIICSC aims to bring together these diverse perspectives. OCIICSC 2018, following on from an extremely successful inaugural conference in 2016, is the second of what is hoped to be a bi-annual conference series that will develop and maintain an international network of conducting scholars.

The conference will be held at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford from the 21st-23rd June 2018. Guest speakers are still being confirmed.

Papers are encouraged from any discipline, including, but not limited to: musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, philosophy, psychology, anthropology and sociology as well as from practitioners. Some presentations from OCICSC 2016 and 2018 may be selected for publication in a special issue of Music Performance Research.

The theme for OCIICSC 2018 is:

The rehearsal process: historical and contemporary perspectives

However, all topics are welcome and researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for individual papers (20min+ 10min for questions), as well as themed and panel sessions (90min including discussion) on the following and other topics related to conducting:

– Critical approaches to pedagogy and mentorship

– Leadership, power and authority

– Verbal and non-verbal communication

– Critical views on repertoire and programming

– Enterprise, responsibility and accountability

– The rehearsal and performance process

– Students, amateurs and professionals

– Historical views

– Gender

– Race

– Aesthetics of conducting

– Health and wellbeing

– Views from the podium

– Movement and gesture

Please submit the following information as an email attachment to Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey at

  • Name, institution (if applicable), email address and A/V requirements
  • Individual papers: 200-word abstract and a 200-word biography
  • Themed and panel sessions: one 400-word abstract to include descriptions of the contributions of all speakers and 200-word biographies for each speaker

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Monday, 13 November 2017 by midnight GMT. Late proposals will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be sent by early December 2017.

This conference is presented by the OXFORD CONDUCTING INSTITUTE in partnership with ST ANNE’S COLLEGE and the UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD FACULTY OF MUSIC.

Organizing committee: Dr John Traill (University of Oxford), Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey (University of Oxford), Professor Fiona M. Palmer (Maynooth University) and Chris Kim (Director of Orchestras, Cornell University).