SMI Council, 2018-2021

The current membership of the Council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland for 2018-21 is as follows:


Professor Lorraine Byrne Bodley MRIA (President) is Professor in Musicology at Maynooth University. Her fourteen books include Goethe and Zelter: Musical Dialogues (2009), The Unknown Schubert (2007), Schubert’s Goethe Settings (2003) and, more recently, Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style (CUP, 2016), Rethinking Schubert (OUP, 2016), Music in Goethe’s Faust: Goethe’s Faust in Music (Boydell & Brewer, 2017) and Music Preferred. Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis for Harry White (Hollitzer Verlag, 2018). She is currently completing a new biography, Schubert. A Musical Wayfarer, for Yale University Press. 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). In 2015 she was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy and, in 2015 and 2018, President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. See


Dr Damian Evans (Honorary Secretary) is a double-bassist and researcher who completed his PhD studies at Dublin Institute of Technology where he was awarded the Fiosraigh Dean of Graduates award.  A research associate of the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland, he has guest lectured at University of Dublin and co-edited The Musicology Review (UCD). He established the Galway Jazz Club and Galway Jazz Festivals before moving to Dublin where he co-curates the Jazz Studies reading group and is chair of Documenting Jazz, the first jazz studies conference to be held in Ireland. See


Professor 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. See


Dr Eleanor Giraud (Honorary Membership Secretary, to 2019) 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). See


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. See


Dr Anja Bunzel holds a research position at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, as part of which she pursues a contextualizing study of music in nineteenth-century private social gatherings in Prague. She is also visiting lecturer at Kunstuniversitaet Graz. She graduated in 2012 with a Master’s degree in musicology from Freie Universität, Berlin, with a thesis on the reception history of Robert Schumann’s ‘Paradise and the Peri’. In 2012-16 she undertook PhD research at Maynooth University on Johanna Kinkel’s Lieder compositions within their own socio-cultural context. She was an IRC-funded postdoctoral research fellow at Maynooth University in 2017-18. She is co-editor of Musical Salon Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (Boydell, 2019) and her monograph on Johanna Kinkel’s Lieder is forthcoming (with Boydell). She has given presentations on various aspects of her research in Austria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and the UK. See and


Dr Joe Davies is a Postdoctoral Fellow (funded by the Irish Research Council) at Maynooth University and Lecturer at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. In 2021 he takes up a three-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission, affiliated with Maynooth University and the University of California, Irvine. His research centres on the aesthetics and cultural history of nineteenth-century music, particularly that of German-speaking lands. Motivating his research is a curiosity about the relationships between music and its aesthetic, social and cultural contexts, interests reflected in his co-edited volume Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert (2019) and his first monograph Schubert and the Gothic (forthcoming with Boydell). He is editing Clara Schumann Studies for Cambridge University Press, co-editing (with Roe-Min Kok) Clara and Robert Schumann in Context for CUP’s ‘Composers in Context’ series, and guest-editing (with Nicole Grimes) a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review entitled ‘Clara Schumann’s Legacies’.


Professor Una Hunt specializes in Performance Research in historic Irish music and is an RIA Multidisciplinary Committee member. An active performer, she has founded the National Forum for Music Performance Research, compiled reports on the National Library's music collections, released CDs and mounted world-premiere performances and established the multi-media National Archive of Irish Composers. Her numerous publications include Sources and Style in Moore's Irish Melodies (Routledge, 2017) and a critical edition and CD of the Thomas Moore Songbook. Among her current and upcoming projects are the publication of two albums of piano music, a scoping report on Irish opera for the Arts Council and a performance and recording project to produce an unknown opera by C. V. Stanford for Wexford Festival Opera 2019. Una is also an RTÉ-affiliated independent producer and was the Bronze prize winner of the prestigious New York Festivals International Radio Awards. See


Dr Joseph W. Mason (from 2019, Honorary Membership Secretary) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, funded by the Irish Research Council. He completed his doctorate in music at the University of Oxford in 2018, after which he was a stipendiary lecturer at New College, Oxford. His research centres on thirteenth-century song, and he has particular interests in cultural practices of songmaking and singing, the analysis of song, music manuscripts and aesthetics. Joseph is currently writing a monograph on music and violence in thirteenth-century France. His recent publications include articles in Medium Ævum and Music Analysis. See



Dr John O'Flynn (President-elect for 2021) is Associate Professor of Music at Dublin City University. He has been a member of SMI Council since 2015, and in 2016 chaired the society’s 14th Annual Plenary Conference at St Patrick’s College, DCU. His publications include The Irishness of Irish Music (Asghate, 2009), Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond (co-edited with Mark Fitzgerald, Routledge, 2014) and numerous articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries concerning film music, popular music, music and social media, and music in higher education. In 2015-16 he was principal investigator for the project Mapping Popular Music in Dublin and is currently completing the monograph Music, the moving image, and Ireland. He is also contributor to and co-editor, with John Buckley, for Ceol Phádraig: Music at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, 1875-2016 (2019) and, with Áine Mangaoang and Lonán Ó Briain, Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music (2020). See


Dr J. Griffith Rollefson is Lecturer in popular-music studies at University College Cork, and has previously served on the faculties of music at the University of Cambridge and the University of California, Berkeley, where he was UC Chancellor’s Public Scholar. His research has been recognized by the AMS, Volkswagen Stiftung, the British Academy, DAAD, ACLS, and the European Commission, and is published in Black Music Research Journal, American Music, Popular Music and Society, in the edited volumes Crosscurrents: European and American Music in Interaction, Hip Hop in Europe, Native Tongues: An African Hip Hop Reader, The Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Studies, and elsewhere. Of his book, Flip The Script: European Hip Hop and the Politics of Postcoloniality (University of Chicago Press, 2017), Paul Gilroy wrote: "detailed, innovative, and exhilarating … At last we have a critical survey that can match the complexity and power of the music." See


Professor Yo Tomita is Professor of Musicology in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, and Senior Fellow of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig. He has published widely in Bach studies, from those seeking to identify Bach’s compositional and performance choices and decisions as manifested in Bach’s own scores to the reception history of Bach’s music in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His publications with Irish connections include Joseph Groocock’s Fugal Composition: A Guide to the Study of Bach’s ‘48’ (Greenwood Press, 2003) and, as co-editor with the late Anne Leahy, Bach Studies from Dublin, volume 8 of Irish Musical Studies (Four Courts Press, 2004). He is currently working on a two-volume monograph—The Genesis and Early History of Bach's Well-tempered Clavier, Book II: a composer and his editions, c.1720-1850 (Routledge)—and The Cambridge Bach Encyclopedia (Cambridge University Press). See


Professor Harry White MRIA 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, and In 2014 awarded the Harrison medal for musicology. In 2015 he was elected to the European Academy. Professor White led the founding of the Society for Musicology in Ireland in 2002, was our inaugural President in 2003-6, has served on every council since 2002, and is an Honorary Member since 2016. He is an advisory board member of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (from 2005). In 2018 he was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. See