Alison Dunlop Graduate Prize

Alison Dunlop Graduate Prize of the Society for Musicology in Ireland

The Alison Dunlop Graduate Prize was inaugurated in 2017 in memory of the Irish musicologist Dr Alison Dunlop. It is awarded biennially by the SMI for a distinguished thesis on any musicological topic submitted within the two most recent academic years as part of a taught-course masters degree at an institution in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. The winning thesis is selected by a prize committee and submitted to SMI Council for award at the annual SMI Postgraduate Conference.

Alison Dunlop (1985–2013)

Dr Alison Dunlop graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a BA in Modern Greek and Music (first class honours) and a MA in Music (distinction). She went on to complete a doctoral thesis at Queen’s on the composer Gottlieb Muffat (1690–1770) under the supervision of Professors Yo Tomita and Ian Woodfield. Dr Dunlop studied piano with Roy Holmes at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and performed at venues throughout Ireland, including the National Gallery, Dublin and the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. A teaching assistant at Queen's University, she was joint co-ordinator there of the 14th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music. She published on various aspects of keyboard music and source studies and presented at academic gatherings in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Dr Dunlop is author of The Life and Works of Gottlieb Muffat, 1690–1770 (Vienna: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag, 2013).

The prize for 2019, presented on 18 January 2020 at the joint SMI/ICTM Postgraduate Conference at the University of Limerick, was awarded to Shauna Louise Caffrey (University College Cork) for her thesis ‘Come all ye songsters of the Sky’: Music and Magic in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, supervised by Drs Tríona Ní Shíocháin and Melanie Marshall.

The 2017 awards, presented on 20 January 2018 at the Postgraduate Conference at Maynooth University, are as follows:
First prize: Cathal Twomey (MU; supervisor: Dr Estelle Murphy), Musico-Poetic Structures and Vocal Style in William Boyce’s Solomon
Second prize: Helen Gubbins (UCD; supervisor: Dr Jaime Jones), Encoding Authenticity in Radio Music: Renfro Valley Barn Dance and Kentucky Folk Music