SMI Council, 2018-2021

The Council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland for 2018-2021 is as follows:



Professor Lorraine Byrne Bodley MRIA (President) is Professor of 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.


Dr Frank Lawrence (Honorary Secretary) is Lecturer in Early Music History at UCD School of Music. His principal research is on Western medieval liturgical chant with particular emphasis on manuscript sources from Ireland, Britain and northern Europe. He is interested in questions of cultural identity and memory and how these can be illuminated through manuscript studies. His research also encompasses notation in periods of transition, liturgical history and Catholic church music of the 19th and 20th centuries. He sits on the advisory board of the IMS Study Group - Cantus Planus and the council of the Henry Bradshaw Society. He also serves as co-editor of the Brepols series, MUSAM. He served as advisory editor on Medieval Music and contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland.  His current research focuses on Cistercian saints’ offices, the chant and liturgy of the Vienna and Regensburg Schottenklöster, and chant and liturgy in twelfth-century Ireland. At UCD School of Music he is Graduate Studies coordinator, director of the ‘Music in Ireland’ programme and teaches courses in tonal theory, Baroque music history, and Medieval and Renaissance musicology.



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.


Dr Eleanor Giraud (Honorary Membership Secretary) is the course director of the MA in Ritual Chant and Song at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Her current research examines the chant and liturgical practices of the early Dominican Order. Before moving to Limerick in 2016, she held the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellowship in Music at Lincoln College, Oxford, and she completed her PhD on the production of Dominican chant books at the University of Cambridge. Her recent publications include an article in Scriptorium on the notation used in Mass lections (2017) and a chapter on uniformity in Dominican chant books in Making and Breaking the Rules, ed. Linde (Oxford University Press, 2018).


Bryan Whitelaw (Student Representative) is a doctoral research student at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests include links between music and literature in nineteenth-century Romanticism, particularly in the music of Franz Liszt. Bryan has received funding awards for both his MPhil and PhD research and has presented conference papers in Ireland, UK and central Europe. Bryan has previously served on the conference committee, and as conference secretary, for the 15th Annual Plenary Conference of the SMI. During his time as student representative, he aims to engage with SMI student members across a variety of disciplines, including historical musicology, Irish traditional music, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, composition and performance.


Dr Anja Bunzel received her MA in musicology from Freie Universität Berlin in 2012. In 2016, she defended her PhD on Johanna Kinkel’s Lieder (Maynooth University). She was an IRC-funded postdoctoral research fellow at Maynooth University from October 2017 to September 2018. Since 2012 she has given papers and invited lectures in Ireland, UK, Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Italy and Russia. A volume on European salon culture, co-edited with Natasha Loges, is forthcoming (Boydell & Brewer, 2019), and Anja is also working on a special-themed issue on salon music with Susan Wollenberg (Nineteenth-Century Music Review). Her musicological interests include nineteenth-century song, female composers, and music as cultural practice. She will be a visiting lecturer at Kunstuniversität Graz in the spring term 2019. As a Council member of SMI, Anja hopes to represent the interests of early-career researchers in musicology in Ireland.


Dr Damien Evans


Dr Danielle Sofer is a Lecturer in Music at Maynooth University, teaching on themes related to electroacoustic music and gender, sexuality, social justice, philosophy, aesthetics, 20th- and 21st-century sound studies and a range of subjects under the umbrella of music theory and analysis. Such topics feature extensively in her forthcoming monograph, Making Sex Sound: Intersections of Sexuality, Race, and Gender in Electronic Music (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2020), the first book to explore sexuality in electronic music. Co-founder of the LGBTQ+ Music Study Groups, Dr Sofer also serves on the committees of Maynooth University’s Sexualities and Gender Network and LGBTIQ+ Staff Network. She joins the SMI Council as Education Officer working toward the fair and equitable representation of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.


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).


Dr Una Hunt


Professor Yo Tomita