The Oxford Conducting Institute established the International Conducting Studies Conferences in 2016 with the explicit aim of promoting the cross-fertilisation of practice and research by bringing people together into productive dialogue. The initial success has grown into a biennial event in Oxford, and also a further conference in 2019 at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. News of the 2020 conference can be found here. Also see https://www.facebook.com/OCIConference/
The conferences explore issues pertaining to the study of conducting from a range of perspectives by bringing together research across a variety of disciplines including musicology, ethnomusicology, music education, philosophy, psychology, anthropology and sociology as well as from practitioners. The tripartite aims of the conferences engage researchers and practitioners in productive dialogue, promoting practice as research, and raising awareness of the state of research in the field of conducting.
ICSC 2019 [Sydney Conservatorium of Music]: This conference was organised by the University of Sydney and the Oxford Conducting Institute. The conference committee included Dr John Traill (Founder and Director of OCI, University of Oxford), Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey (OCI Director of Research, University of Oxford), Prof. Neil McEwan (University of Sydney), Dr Aleta King (Avondale Conservatorium), Prof. Tzelaw Chan (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore), Dr Stephen Mould (University of Sydney).
OCI ICSC 2018: This conference was organised by the Oxford Conducting Institute. The conference committee members included Dr John Traill (Founder and Director of OCI, University of Oxford), Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey (OCI Director of Research, University of Oxford), Prof. Fiona Palmer (Maynooth Univeristy), and Prof. Chris Younghoon Kim (Cornell University).
OCI ICSC 2016: This conference was organised by the Oxford Conducting Institute – the committee members included Dr John Traill (Founder and Director of OCI, University of Oxford), Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey (OCI Director of Research, University of Oxford), Prof. Antony Gritten (Royal Academy of Music, London), and Ben Loeb (Quad City Symphony).
About the Oxford Conducting Institute…
Dr John Traill (Founder and Director) / Dr Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey (Director of Research)
The Oxford Conducting Institute (OCI) provides seminars, workshops, and short courses for student, professional, and education-based conductors. The Institute prioritises equality, and nurtures ability in all types of conducting.
The OCI is a partner in the Oxfordshire Music Education Hub, and works closely with the Faculty of Music and St Anne’s College, Oxford University. Workshops regularly feature local organisations and have included the Oxford Philharmonic, the Oxford University Philharmonia, the St Anne’s Camerata, the Oxford University Music Society, and the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra. The OCI has also delivered workshops in Brazil (2014), Portugal (2017), and for a variety of music education organisations in the UK.
The OCI was founded in 2013 by Dr John Traill (course director, FHS Instrumental Conducting, Faculty of Music, Oxford University), consolidating ten years experience providing tuition at Oxford University, Bristol University, and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2015 Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey became Conducting Associate, and additionally Director of Research in 2017.
The OCI is committed to exploring new and innovative avenues for scholarship within the field of conducting, promoting a dialogue between research and practice, and raising awareness of the profession at all levels.