Honorary and Corresponding Members

Each year the Society for Musicology in Ireland names as honorary members, longstanding members who have made outstanding contributions to further musicology in Ireland. In 2015, there are five honorary members:

Paul Everett formerly Head of the Department of Music, University College Cork, is well known as an editor of music and for his studies of early eighteenth-century manuscripts, particularly Vivaldi sources and their chronology, on which he has published numerous articles and other writings. Since the 1980s he has been one of the editors for the New Critical Edition of Vivaldi’s works, and is perhaps most noted as the author of Vivaldi: The Four Seasons and Other Concertos, Op. 8 (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
Paul was on the steering committee that founded the Society for Musicology in Ireland and served on its first council. He was instrumental in founding and designing (with Wolfgang Marx) Ireland’s first peer-reviewed musicological journal, the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and served as its first Executive Editor (2005–9). Paul still serves on the editorial board.

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Kerry Houston has been head of the Department of Academic Studies at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama since 2005. Before this he had been on the staff of Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and NUI Maynooth. His publications have concentrated on Music in Ireland and he was a subject editor in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. In addition to musicological work he has recently completed a Master’s degree in Theology at the pontifical University.
Kerry served as President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2102-2015). The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013) edited by Harry White and Barra Boydell was launched by President Michael D. Higgins during Kerry's term as President of the SMI. Other positions include membership of the Irish steering group of RISM; chairman of RILM Ireland and Director of the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland.

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David Rhodes , B Mus, PhD, MTD, LRSM, LTCL, LGSM, studied music at Queen’s University Belfast. His PhD focused on the life and compositions (including a complete critical edition) of Franz Anton Pfeiffer, and he continues to undertake research into the byways of late-18th century music. He was Lecturer in Musicology at Waterford Institute of Technology from 1988-2015. In addition to book chapters and numerous articles, including entries in The New Grove, MGG and EMIR, he has some 33 critical editions currently in print, including eight in two or more volumes, most recently a 2-volume edition of Andreas Lidl’s Eight divertimenti for viola da gamba, viola & cello or basso (Albany, U.S.A.: PRB Productions, 2011 & 2013).
David has served on the SMI Council from its inception until 2015 and was Honorary Treasurer for nine years.

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Jan Smaczny was educated at the University of Oxford and the Charles University, Prague. He has held lectureships at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and the University of Birmingham. From 1996 to 2015 he was Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he was also Head of the School of Music (1997-2005). Among his publications are monographs on the repertoire of the Prague Provisional Theatre and Dvořák’s cello concerto; he is also joint editor of the volumes Music in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and Bach’s B-minor Mass.
Professor Smaczny was a member of the committee that lead to the foundation of the Society for Musicology in Ireland of which he served as president for two terms; he is now a vice-president of the Royal Musical Association and emeritus professor of music, Queen’s Belfast.

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Harry White is Professor of Music at University College Dublin. He is the author of The Keeper’s Recital (1998), The Progress of Music in Ireland (2005) and Music and the Irish Literary Imagination (2008). He is general editor (with Barra Boydell) of The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013). In 2006 he was elected to the Royal Irish Academy. In 2014 he was awarded the Harrison medal for musicology. In 2015, he was elected to the European Academy.
Professor White founded the Society for Musicology in Ireland in 2002, was our inaugural President from 2003-6, and has served on every council since 2002. He is an advisory board member of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2005-15).

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Corresponding Members are honorary members who live abroad and who have made particularly notable contributions to furthering musicology in Ireland. This category of Honorary Membership was established in 2015 when we proudly honoured Axel Klein and Susan Youens. In 2016-17, we are very happy to acknowledge the valuable contributions made to our Society by John Butt, Harald and Sharon Krebs, John Rink, R. Larry Todd and Katharina Udhe and to welcome them as Corresponding Members.

John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow, musical director of Edinburgh's Dunedin Consort and a Principal Artist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His career as both musician and scholar centres on music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but he is also concerned with the implications of the past in our present culture. Author of five monographs, Butt has written extensively on Bach, the baroque, the historical performance revival (Playing with History, 2002) and issues of modernity (Bach’s Dialogue with Modernity, 2010). His subsequent work has centred on listening cultures and embodied musical experience, and frictions between Classical Music ideology and religious practice.
His discography includes eleven recordings on organ and harpsichord for Harmonia Mundi and thirteen recent recordings for Linn Records. Highlights, as conductor of Dunedin, include the Gramophone award-winning recordings of Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem, together with significant recordings of Bach’s Passions, Mass, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio and Brandenburg Concertos, and Handel’s Acis and Esther.
He has been appointed an FBA and FRSE, and has been awarded the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Society, together with the RAM/Kohn Foundation's Bach Prize. In 2013 he was awarded the medal of the Royal College of Organists, together with an OBE.

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Axel Klein has been researching the history of Irish art music for almost 30 years. He studied at Hildesheim university, Germany, and Trinity College Dublin (1987–8), graduating in 1990. His 1995 PhD thesis, published as Die Musik Irlands im 20. Jahrhundert (1996), was the first major work in this area. He has published an Irish art music discography (2001) and a study of the 19th-century O'Kelly family in France (2014). He co-edited Irish Music in the Twentieth Century (Dublin, 2003) and The Life and Music of Brian Boydell (Dublin, 2004), acted as the ‘Irish’ advisor (Fachbeirat) to the German encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) (1994-2008), was an advisory editor of the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR) and has contributed numerous articles to other encyclopaedias, books and journals. He has given presentations in Ireland, the UK, France, Germany and the United States.
Dr Klein is an independent scholar living in Frankfurt who has made an outstanding contribution to the recovery and promotion of Irish art music in Ireland and abroad.

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Harald Krebs, (Ph.D. and M.Phil, Music Theory, Yale University, 1980 and 1979; B.Mus., Piano Performance, University of British Columbia, 1976) is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Music at the University of Victoria, where he has taught since 1986. His research interests include tonal and metric structure in nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, the music of Robert Schumann, the music of Josephine Lang (1815-80), and poetic and musical rhythm in nineteenth-century German Lieder. He has lectured and performed (as a pianist) at many North American and European universities. He has published numerous reviews and articles in American, Canadian and European journals, and has contributed chapters to numerous collections. His book Fantasy Pieces: Metrical Dissonance in the Music of Robert Schumann (Oxford University Press, 1999), won the Society for Music Theory’s Wallace Berry Award in 2002. His research on Josephine Lang led to the book Josephine Lang: Her Life and Songs (Oxford University Press, 2007—co-author, Sharon Krebs), as well as to an edition of 44 songs by Lang, published in 2008 as Volume 20 of the series Denkmäler der Musik in Baden-Württemberg. He was president of the Society for Music Theory in 2011-13, and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2016.

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Sharon Krebs, (M.A. and B.Ed., University of Victoria, 2001 and 1988; B.Sc. Hons., University of British Columbia, 1984) has, with Harald Krebs, written a book on the life and music of Josephine Lang (1815-80), and has recorded 30 of Lang’s songs; the volume and the recording appeared with Oxford University Press in 2007. She has also published articles on Lang, and on other topics such as music education in the public schools of British Columbia, the poetry of Bertolt Brecht, and musical settings of Adelbert Chamisso’s poetry. Sharon is currently researching the nightingale metaphor in relation to singing. As a singer, she regularly performs Lieder with pianist Harald Krebs (with emphasis on songs by female composers, and songs outside the canon. She has performed in Ireland, Germany, Poland, France, England, and Wales, as well as in the US and Canada. With Harald, she has recorded two CDs of lullabies. She translates Lied texts for various CD projects and for the website http://www.lieder.net/lieder/; she has contributed over 5000 texts to the latter site.

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John Rink is Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge, Fellow in Music at St John’s College, and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Musical Performance Studies. He works in the fields of Chopin studies, performance studies, music analysis, and digital applications in music. He studied at Princeton University, King’s College London, and the University of Cambridge, and he holds the Concert Recital Diploma and Premier Prix in piano from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The books that he has published with Cambridge University Press include The Practice of Performance (1995), Chopin: The Piano Concertos (1997), Musical Performance (2002) and Annotated Catalogue of Chopin’s First Editions (with Christophe Grabowski; 2010); the last of these received the Oldman Prize in 2011 and the Duckles Award in 2012. John Rink is General Editor of a series of books on musical performance which Oxford University Press will publish in 2017. He is also Editor in Chief of The Complete Chopin – A New Critical Edition, in addition to directing the Online Chopin Variorum Edition and Chopin’s First Editions Online. He also directed the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) from 2009 to 2015. He performs regularly as a pianist and lecture-recitalist, with a specialist interest in Pleyel pianos.

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R. Larry Todd, is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the Music Department at Duke University. Among his books are Mendelssohn: A Life in Music (Oxford Univ. Press), named best biography of 2003 by the Association of American Publishers, and described in the New York Review of Books as “likely to be the standard biography for a long time to come.” A German translation, which appeared in 2008 from Reclam/Carus Verlag as Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sein Leben, seine Musik, was awarded a Deutscher Musikeditionspreis. He is a former fellow of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Humanities Center. His biography of Fanny Hensel, titled Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn, appeared from Oxford University Press and was awarded the Nicholas Slonimsky Prize from ASCAP in New York. He has published widely about the Mendelssohns, and also articles on subjects ranging from Obrecht and Haydn to Robert and Clara Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Richard Strauss, and Webern. He serves as general editor of the Master Musician Series for Oxford University Press and the Routledge Studies in Musical Genres. A graduate of Yale University, where he received his Ph.D., he studied piano at the Yale School of Music and with the late Lilian Kallir. His recording with Nancy Green of the complete cello and piano works of Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel has recently been released from JRI Recordings. His current projects include recording the Beethoven violin sonatas with Katharina Uhde, writing a monograph with Marc Moskovitz about Beethoven’s cello music, and editing Mendelssohn’s cello works for Bärenreiter.

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Katharina Uhde, is Assistant Professor for Violin and Musicology at Valparaiso University (IN, USA). She holds a DMA from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Musicology from Duke University. Uhde’s first article appeared in December 2015, titled “Of ‘Psychological Music’, Ciphers, and Daguerreotypes: Joseph Joachim’s Abendglocken Op. 5 No. 2 (1853).” Currently she is working on a monograph on Joseph Joachim, The Music of Joseph Joachim, which is under contract with Boydell & Brewer. Uhde is the recipient of a 2016 long-term research fellowship at the Newberry Library, the Brahms House fellowship (2016), the Richard Wagner Stipendium (2013), and the American Brahms Society Geiringer Award (2013).
Uhde has presented at the conferences ‘The European Salon: Nineteenth-Century Salonmusik’ (2015), ‘Doctors in Performance’ (2016), and at the International Joseph Joachim Conference (2016). As a soloist and chamber musician she has won first and second place prizes in international competitions. She has appeared with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Göttinger Musikfreunde Orchestra, the Marburg University Orchestra, and the Belgrade University Symphony. In March 2017 she will perform five Beethoven Sonatas with Bruno Canino in Belgrade. In addition, she is engaged in recording the Beethoven cycle with R. Larry Todd.

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Susan Youens, who received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, is the J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame and the author of eight books from Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press, and Cornell University Press on the lieder of Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, and others, as well as over fifty scholarly articles. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Humboldt Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Humanities Center, and has taught at the Ravinia, Aldeburgh, and Oxford Lieder Festivals.
Professor Youens has given numerous keynote lectures in Ireland. Her first keynote was at the International Conference on Music and Literature in German Romanticism organized by Robin Elliott and Siobhan Donovan at the UCD School of Music in 2000. She was keynote speaker at Goethe and Schubert: In Perspective and Performance organised by Lorraine Byrne Bodley in Trinity College Dublin 2003. She gave the Larchet Memorial Lecture at the UCD School of Music in 2004. Further keynote lectures include the international conference, Schubert and Concepts of Late Style organised by Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton at Maynooth University (2011) and more recently at the European salon conference organised by Anja Bunzel, Maynooth University 2015. She is an advisory board member of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2005-15). In 2016, Susan Youens will receive the Harrison Medal from the SMI. In addition, a major new book of essays on the music of the early 19th-century composer Franz Schubert, Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style, edited by Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian horton is dedicated to Professor Youens. For more details, see: http://nanovic.nd.edu/news/67164-major-new-book-on-franz-schubert-dedica...

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The following is a complete list of our distinguished Honorary Members:

Ita Beausang is a graduate of University College Cork and emeritus lecturer at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Her main research interests are concentrated on contextual studies of music in Ireland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is also active in research in the areas of music education, piano pedagogy, music therapy and music criticism. She was an Advisory Editor for The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, and is currently engaged in research on the life and works of the Irish composer, Ina Boyle. In 2014 she was awarded honorary life membership of the Society for Music Education in Ireland.

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Barra Boydell retired in 2010 from a Professorship in the Department of Music at NUI Maynooth, where he had taught since 1990. He is author of The Crumhorn and Other Renaissance Windcap Instruments (1982), Music and Paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland (1985) and A History of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin (2004), general editor (with Harry White) of The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013), and editor of Music at Christ Church before 1800: Documents and Selected Anthems (1999) and (with Kerry Houston) of Music, Ireland and the Seventeenth Century (Irish Musical Studies 10, 2009).
Barra was a member of the founding committee of the SMI, serving as its first Honorary Secretary from 2003 to 2006 and organizing the Society’s inaugural conference held at Maynooth in 2003. He became one of the SMI’s first Honorary Life Members in 2010 and was awarded the Harrison Medal for musicology in 2014.

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Hilary Bracefield was born in New Zealand and educated at the universities of Otago, Canterbury and Birmingham. She was appointed lecturer in music at Ulster Polytechnic (now Ulster University) in 1976, and became Head of Department in 1988, retiring in 2003. She was instrumental in setting up and running the Irish Chapter of the Royal Musical Association in 1987, which held annual conferences around the universities until the formation of the Society for Musicology in Ireland in 2002. She was a vice president of the Royal Musical Association, and an honorary member of the SMI and the Irish Association for American Studies. She was an editor of the influential journal of contemporary music, Contact, and contributed 22 articles to The Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland.

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Gerard Gillen was professorial head of Music at Maynooth University from 1985 to 2007. During his years of headship he was responsible for the exponential growth of the department in academic personnel, range of specialisms, development of graduate studies, and research output. With Harry White he founded Irish Musical Studies in 1990 of which he continues to be joint general editor. His own writings deal with Catholic Church music and historic and aesthetic aspects of organ building in Ireland. He was chair of the editorial committee of The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (2013) for which he was Catholic Church music subject editor. He was a founding council member of SMI. As an organ recitalist he enjoys an international reputation and has given more than 1,000 recitals across three continents.

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John O'Conor “A pianist of unbounding sensitivity” (Gramophone) ; “He represents a vanishing tradition that favors inner expression and atmosphere over showmanship and bravura” (Chicago Tribune) ; “Impeccable technique and musicality … it would be hard to imagine better performances” (Sunday Times – London) ; “This artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp“ (Washington Post); “Exquisite playing” (New York Times).
The Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. Having studied in his native Dublin, in Vienna with Dieter Weber and being tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff his unanimous 1st Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world.
His recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas led CD Review to say that he “by now should be recognised as the world’s premier Beethoven interpreter” and his recent recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Delfs have also been greeted with acclaim.
A Steinway Artist, he is Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah University in Virginia, a faculty member at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan.
For his services to music he has been decorated “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Government, awarded the “Ehrenkreuz fur Wissenschaft und Kunst” by the Austrian Government, the “Order of the Rising Sun” by the Japanese Government and has received many other awards.

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