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PhD Candidate
Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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Professor of conducting, director of the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Federal University of Sergipe, Daniel Nery holds a bachelor in Composition and Conducting from UNESP, State University of São Paulo and a Master of Music from the same institution. Nery has led major orchestras in Brazil such as Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Porto Alegre Symphony, and others. Awarded in the Carlos Gomes First Competition for Young Directors, Nery is also associate director at Sergipe Symphony Orchestra one of the main orchestras of the Brazilian northeast. On 2017/2018, Daniel joined the University of Aveiro in Portugal for his PhD in conducting studies, under the guidance of maestro António Vassalo Lourenço.
Doctoral Project
Beyond Gesture: The interpersonal communication between conductor and orchestra
Co Advisors:
Margarida Cerqueira and Clarissa Foletto
This project assumes that, despite the wide and multifaceted training of the conductor, a gap becomes evident: interpersonal communication between conductor and a symphony orchestra. Thus, this research project has the general objective of responding to the difficulties identified in the communication between conductor and orchestra, proposing rehearsals strategies that emphasize negotiation rather than imposing a desired artistic outcome. Methodologically the research will be divided into two main phases, proposed in a flexible qualitative study design: (i) Phase 1 - Observational Study, with the purpose of collecting data that will provide evidence to diagnose the role of the orchestra and the conductor and thus create a rehearsal strategy plan for the second phase and (ii) Phase 2 - Action research, where I will act as a conductor and apply the data collected in the first phase. At the end of this investigation we intend to: (i) understand how the instructional communication between conductor and orchestra occurs during rehearsal; (ii) understand the use of rehearsal strategies in conductor´s verbal communication; (iii) to diagnose, from the perspective of the musicians and the conductor, what is the role of each one in search of the desired artistic outcomes; (iv) to understand how the orchestra's contributions during the rehearsal can influence the performative decisions of the conductor and (v) to diagnose and understand in the perspective of musicians and conductor how the negotiations are in search of the desired artistic outcomes.