Currently at the University of Oxford, Cayenna is pursuing postgraduate studies in music researching creativity and authorship in orchestral performance. Observing that overt hierarchies and deeply embedded mythologies about creativity and artistic authorship in orchestral music-making may have masked real-world practices, her research seeks to describe more accurately the artistic process involved in orchestral performance. Through a mixed-methods approach including questionnaires, ethnographic practices such as interviews, and a newly developed method of collecting phenomenological data from orchestral musicians about their experiences during specific performance episodes, her work explores the beliefs, behaviours and interactions of orchestral musicians (both amateur and professional) and articulates them with theoretical perspectives on agency, authorship and creativity.


  • Ponchione C., 2013. Exploring a metamorphosis: identity formation for an emerging conductor. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 12, 181-193.
  • --'Attributing creative authorship in orchestral performance', conference paper, Authorship in Music RMA Study Day, University of Oxford (2015)
  • --'Anatomy of orchestral creativity: the authorship of orchestral performance', conference paper, RMA Research Students' Conference (2014)
  • --'Creativity and Performance in Large Ensembles', conference paper, AHRC Center for Music Performance as Creative Practice Performance Studies Network Conference II, Cambridge (2013)


  • Conference organizer, Authorship in Music, Royal Musical Association Study Day(s), Wadham College, University of Oxford (Mar 2015)
  • Director, Art, Science, & the Thirsty World, an interdisciplinary and intercollegiate conference exchange project between the University of Oxford and Cornell University, supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Merton College, Cornell's Institute for European Studies and the Brettschneider Fund (Cornell University) (June/Nov 2014)
  • Co-organizer, Music as Process, a Royal Musical Association Study Day, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford (Oct 2013)
  • Director, Water-culture: Women's Work(s), an interdisciplinary symposium presenting a fusion of art, activism and research on global water scarcity issues, highlighting women's contributions, Merton College, University of Oxford (May 2013)