SMI Council 2015-2018

The Society for Musicology in Ireland Council 2015-2018 is as follows:

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Dr Lorraine Byrne Bodley MRIA (President) is Senior Lecturer in Musicology at Maynooth University. She has published 13 books including: Goethe and Zelter: Musical Dialogues; The Unknown Schubert and Schubert’s Goethe Settings. Forthcoming publications include Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style (Cambridge University Press, 2016); Rethinking Schubert (Oxford University Press, 2016), both co-edited with Julian Horton, and she has been commissioned by Yale University Press to write a new biography of Schubert. Recent awards include a DMUS in Musicology, a higher doctorate on published work (NUI, 2012); two DAAD Senior Academic Awards (2010 and 2014) and a Gerda-Henkel Foundation Scholarship (2014). She serves on the boards of the Journal of the Royal Music Association (2013–); the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2015–) and Internationale Schubert-Gesellschaft e.v. (Tübingen and Vienna). In 2015 she was elected President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and Member of The Royal Irish Academy.

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Dr Majella Boland (Honorary Secretary) is a Senior Examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and part-time lecturer in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin City University. In 2013 Majella was awarded a PhD from University College Dublin for her dissertation ‘John Field in Context: A Reappraisal of the Nocturnes and Piano Concerti’. She has delivered conference papers nationally and internationally, and has also delivered guest lectures. Majella has sat on the organising committee of a number of conferences, and in 2014 was Chair of the Twelfth Annual Plenary SMI conference. She co-edited Issue 6 of The Musicology Review, has an article in Issue 7, and has written for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, the Ad Parnassum journal, and Oxford Bibliographies Online. Majella was appointed to the SMI Council in 2015 on which she serves as Honorary Secretary.

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Dr Denise Neary (Honorary Treasurer) is Director of Academic Studies for the Doctor in Music Performance programme at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She also organises the guest lecture series at the RIAM featuring eminent international scholars and musicologists. Denise has been a council member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland since 2009 and is currently Honorary Treasurer of the Society. She is also a member of the SMI grants committee and a member of the RILM National Committee of Ireland. Denise was a member of the organising committee for the Joint SMI/RMA Annual Conference at the RIAM in July 2009 and chair of the organising committee for the 9th Annual SMI Conference at the RIAM in June 2011. She is currently organising the international festival conference ‘Doctors in Performance’ to be held at the RIAM in September 2016.

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Dr Ruth Stanley (Honorary Membership Secretary) is currently a guest lecturer at the Department of Keyboard Studies at CIT Cork School of Music. In 2011 she was conferred with a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast, where she received a DEL Postgraduate Scholarship, Lamor-University Scholarship and Harrison Bursary. She holds a Master’s degree from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, BMus degree from CIT Cork School of Music, and LRSM diploma in piano performance. Ruth’s research focuses on the history of classical, popular and traditional musics in Ireland and Northern Ireland in the twentieth century, especially pertaining to broadcasting and issues of identity. Her published work includes contributions to the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013) and Music and Identity in Ireland (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2014). Ruth is a grade examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and music practical examiner for the State Exams Commission. She has served on the SMI Council since 2015 and is currently the honorary membership secretary.

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Anja Bunzel (Student Rep) is a fourth-year PhD student at Maynooth University and is researching the published Lieder by the German nineteenth-century composer Johanna Kinkel (1810–1858). Her research is funded by an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship. Since 2011, Anja has presented her research at the Plenary and Postgraduate conferences of the SMI as well as at conferences in Ireland, the UK, Greece, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Turkey. Her publications include journal articles in Canada, the USA, and Europe. Mentored by her PhD supervisor, Dr Lorraine Byrne Bodley, Anja organised the international bilingual conference The European Salon: Nineteenth-Century Salonmusik, which was hosted by the Maynooth University Music Department from 2–4 October 2015. In January 2016, she organised and chaired the first SMI Careers Forum, which was kindly hosted by the Ninth Postgraduate Conference of the SMI, at Trinity College Dublin.

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Dr Adèle Commins is Head of Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at DkIT. She holds a PhD in Musicology and her primary research interests include music in Ireland and England during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with a particular focus on the music of Charles Villiers Stanford. Other research interests encompass the scholarship of teaching and learning, music education and music editing. She has presented her work in Europe, America and Australia. An accomplished piano accordion player she has completed lecture and performance tours of America and Brazil. Adèle is an elected member to the Council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, a member of the Society for Music Education in Ireland committee, a member of the RILM Ireland committee, the Honorary Secretary of the Council of Heads of Music in Higher Education in Ireland and is also an active member of the International Stanford Society.

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Dr Barbara Jillian Dignam (Website Administration) lectures in music at Maynooth University. Her research interests encompass the history and analysis of contemporary musics, intermediality in electroacoustic music, and higher education teaching and learning. Extracts from her PhD featured in Irish Musical Studies Vol.11 (2014), she hosted Sonic Symbiosis: the relationship between composer and musicologist (NUIM, 2013), has contributed several entries to the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland and co-edited the inaugural volume of Maynooth Musicology (2008). Barbara has presented internationally on her work, including the First International Conference on Irish Music and Musicians, the EMS-Network Conference NYU, KeeleMAC and ICMSN Glasgow. Barbara is Chair of the Brian Boydell Centenary Conference (2017), she was a recipient of the Bridget Doolan Memorial Medal and holds a PGDip in Higher Education from Maynooth University.

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Dr Wolfgang Marx is senior lecturer in musicology at UCD. He holds a PhD from Hamburg University; his research interests include the representation of death in music, the music of György Ligeti and the theory of musical genres. He chairs UCD's interdisciplinary research strand "Death, Burial and the Afterlife". Recent publications include György Ligeti. Of Foreign Lands and Strange Sounds (2011, edited with Louise Duchesneau), Rethinking Hanslick. Music, Formalism and Expression (2013, edited with Nicole Grimes and Siobhán Donovan), Death, Burial and the Afterlife (2014, edited with Philip Cottrell) and 100 Years of Music at UCD. A Centenary Festschrift (2014).

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Dr Jennifer McCay graduated with a Bachelor degree (Hons) in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin in association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Further studies include Masters in Musicology and Ph.D, University College Dublin, and she also holds a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Teaching. Research interests include investigating the music of composers living in Ireland, her Ph.D is entitled From the Besieged City: The Orchestral Music of Kevin O’Connell (2014). Jennifer lectures on the Musicianship Faculty in the RIAM and examines for their Local Centre Examinations Office (Senior Examiner 2011-15). She is a member of the Arts Education Research Group, TCD, and co-editor and contributor for the Association of Irish Composers’ New Music Journal. Other engagements include pianist for Pro Nuova of the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and Artistic co-ordinator of The Hibernian Orchestra in which she plays violin.

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Dr Christopher Morris is Professor and Head of Music at Maynooth University. He is author of Reading Opera Between the Lines: Orchestral Interludes and Cultural Meaning from Wagner to Berg (Cambridge, 2002) and Modernism and the Cult of Mountains: Music, Opera, Cinema (Ashgate, 2012), as well as chapters and articles on topics in opera and music and screen media. Christopher is Associate Editor of Opera Quarterly. He is currently working on a book project on opera and screen media, tentatively entitled Digital Diva.

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Dr Michael Murphy has lectured in the Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick since 2001 and previously in the Department of Music, UCC. His research interests include music in nineteenth-century Poland and Ireland. He was a subject editor for, and contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013). He co-edited Musical Constructions of Nationalism with Harry White (Cork UP, 2001) and Music in Nineteenth-Century Ireland with Jan Smaczny (Four Courts Press, 2007). He has broadcast many documentaries for RTÉ Lyric FM including programmes on neglected Irish operas by C.V. Stanford and A. J. Potter, the reception of Wagner’s music in Ireland.. Since its inception in 2003 he has been a member of the council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and has acted as it Honorary Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer, and is a Research Associate with the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland.

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Dr John O'Flynn is Senior Lecturer and Head of Music at St Patrick's College, Dublin City University where he teaches courses in musicology and musical techniques, supervises research to doctoral level and is also course director for the Department's MA in Music. His publications include the books The Irishness of Irish Music (Ashgate 2009) and Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond (Ashgate, 2014) which he co-edited with Dr Mark Fitzgerald, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. He was principal investigator for the Mapping Popular Music in Dublin applied research project 2015-16 (with Dr Áine Mangoang) and is currently carrying out research on music, the moving image and Ireland. He is founding chair of the Society for Music Education in Ireland, and is a member of the Council of Head of Music in Higher Education which he chaired from 2011-2014. He is a council member of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI), and chair of the SMI annual plenary conference, St Patrick's College, DCU (2016).

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Dr Barbara Strahan is an adjunct teaching fellow in the Music Department, Trinity College Dublin and teaches part-time for The Centre for Teaching and Learning, Maynooth University. Barbara is also the founder and director of the Dublin-based music teaching practice: Ostinato: Mindfulness in Music. She completed her PhD on Genre Theory and Schubert’s Four-Hand Piano Music in Maynooth University in 2013, during which time she received a John and Pat Hume scholarship and a Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council. Barbara’s publication portfolio includes five articles for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland and she was co-editor of the student journal, Maynooth Musicology (2009) and Abstracts of Excellence: An anthology of thesis abstracts from members of An Foras Feasa postgraduate research laboratory (2014). She has presented at both national and international conferences, including Graz University, Austria and Oxford University. Barbara has considerable experience in event management and recently held the position of Funding Coordinator and Treasurer for the practice-based research project: Metamorphosis, Dublin (2016).

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Dr Aidan Thomson studied at the universities of Oxford and London, and has been Lecturer in Music at Queen's University Belfast since 2003. His research is concerned with early twentieth-century British and Irish music, particularly that of Edward Elgar and Arnold Bax. With Alain Frogley he co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams (Cambridge, 2013). He has published scholarly articles in 19th-Century Music, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and The Musical Quarterly, and chapters in several collections of essays. He is the current Reviews Editor of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, was Honorary Secretary of the Society for Musicology in Ireland between 2012 and 2015, and has also served on the boards of the North American British Music Studies Association and the Royal Musical Association.

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Dr Laura Watson lectures at Maynooth University and is Chair of the SMI Grants Committee. She is active as a researcher in the following areas: fin-de-siècle and early twentieth-century French music; women and music in the twentieth century; popular music, text, and authorship.

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Professor Harry White RMIA is Professor of Music at University College Dublin and a Fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. His principal research areas are the cultural history of music in Ireland, the Austro-Italian Baroque in relation to music in Germany and England, and the history of Anglo-American musicology since 1945. He served as inaugural President of the SMI from 2003-6. In 2014 he received the society's Harrison Medal and in 2015 he was nominated to its Honorary Life Membership. He was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2006 and to the Academy of Europe in 2015.

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