Current Ensembles - conductor

Sinfonia Adesso

Sinfonia Adesso is a dynamic, professional ensemble, recently established by Cayenna Ponchione, dedicated to presenting programmes and projects engaged with the issues of the present. Cayenna believes that concerts provide an important venue for exploring our social consciousness as well as our individual experiences and personal beliefs. For centuries composers have responded to the world around them leaving a trove of musical treasures that yet convey deep meaning about our present circumstances. Of particular importance, however, are the voices of today and the artists who are exploring what it means to be human at the start of a new millennium.

Cayenna Ponchione
Grassroots Festival Chamber Orchestra
GrassRoots Festival Orchestra

The GrassRoots Festival Orchestra has become a highlight of the annual GrassRoots Festival of Music and dance in Trumansburg, NY. Performing music from the standard classical repertoire along side new commissions and contemporary works, it is actively engaged with promoting humanitarian and environmental awareness through its topical programming.

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Past Ensembles

Oxford University Philharmonia

Oxford University Philharmonia

PAST Concert


Wednesday, 5 June 2013, 8pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

English Symphonic Music Before the War: The three B's
Bridge: The Sea
Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor

The Oxford University Philharmonia was founded in 1992 by students and for students. Participation in the ensemble is earned through competitive audition each fall term and the conductorship is open for audition annually every March. Cayenna won the conductorship in March 2013 and will serve as music director for the up-coming seasons' three concerts (5 June 2013, November 2013, February 2014) which will explore the English symphonic repertoire Before, During and After WWI, as we approach the centenary in 2014.

Merton College Fidelio Orchestra

The Fidelio Orchestra, a non-auditioned college-based ensemble, is an activity of the Merton College Music Society and is open to all Oxford University students. It is a venue for individuals to continue to develop their musical skills in a convivial environment while working as a group toward a well-rehearsed concert at the end of term.

Oxford University String Ensemble

Oxford University String Ensemble

The The Oxford University String Ensemble is Oxford's premiere string orchestra, providing a venue for accomplished young musicians to perform challenging repertoire at a high level. Recent programs have included Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Britten's Variation on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony Op. 73a, the last performed in the historic Holywell Music Room, Britain's oldest purpose-built concert hall. Despite its relatively new formation in 2005, the orchestra has maintained a mission to broaden members' cultural horizons by touring annually to the continent, simultaneously sharing England's rich tradition of string orchestra repertoire with its EU neighbours. In 2013, OUSE took part in the Water-culture: women's work(s) project, an international initiative led by Alaskan conductor Cayenna Ponchione to raise water crisis awareness through cross-cultural artistic collaborations, giving the UK premieres of three new works by emerging British composers for voice and strings.

Binghamton Community Orchestra

Binghamton Community Orchestra
Cayenna served as music director of the BCO from 2004-2010, leading the organization in innovative programming and commissioning projects, earning her the Sorel Medallion in Conducting in 2009.

Ithaca Community Orchestra

Binghamton Community Orchestra

In 2005 Cayenna took on the 14 member ICO and worked with an incredibly dedicated board of directors over the next six years to build the organization into a full sized chamber orchestra with a position for a professional conductor.