Increasing experimentation, the consideration of non-musical criteria, and varying and often contradictory visions from artistic directors, audiences, composers, and musicians have drastically changed the manner in which the conductor’s role is fulfilled in new music. Within this field, the definition of a conventional conductor as a leader in all things musical and otherwise, is no longer adequate. This ambiguity presents a quandary for performance practice in new music for which no clear resolutions have yet been formulated.
This project takes place within the context and for the purpose of completing Thomas R. Moore’s PhD in the Arts at the University of Antwerp and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. It is also the continuance of his current two-year research project at those same institutions. During this phase, Moore will perform two specific case studies of new developments in the artistic utilization of the conductor and present the collected results in two lecture-concerts and a digital portfolio. The entire project aims to specifically identify and define a scope of responsibilities for performance practice of conductors in new music and through application, contribute to a continuing improvement of the art.