Project Lead / Music Director
St John's College
Hannah Schneider is assistant conductor of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra (2018-2020) and founder and music director of Oxford Alternative Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to the intersection of classical music and social impact. She is the initiator of the Oxford Philharmonic’s Side by Side education project, and thrives in conducting the orchestra’s contemporary repertoire. She conducts professionally in Russia, the UK, the United States, and the Ukraine, including engagements in 2019-2020 with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Yakutsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Chelyabinsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaluga Young Symphony Orchestra, Smolensk Regional Philharmonic Orchestra, So&So (USA), and Ballet Hartford (USA).
Stage Director and Technical designer
As an interdisciplinary practitioner, I thrive on using my experience in sound design, composition, direction, performance and other creative disciplines to inform each project. This brings a direct benefit to my clients, allowing each commission to be carried out with greater attention paid to the surrounding creative contexts and logistical factors.
Faculty of History
My doctoral research explores the sensory world of femininity in the early twentieth century, through the experiences and perceptions of women living in Paris and St Petersburg between 1900 and 1913. The recent sensory turn in historical scholarship has seldom addressed gender as a determinant of sensory experience. I contend that, like many other aspects of modernity, sensory experience was gendered: although contemporaries were equipped with the same ‘perceptive apparatus’ and occupied shared public spaces, a woman’s sensory world still differed markedly from that of a man, not least because her means of interpreting and assigning meaning to her experience was framed by expectations of femininity.