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 in Musicology at Maynooth University. She has published fourteen books including Goethe and Zelter: Musical Dialogues (2009), The Unknown Schubert (2007) and Schubert’s Goethe Settings (2003). Recent publications include Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Rethinking Schubert (Oxford University Press, 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 (Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag, 2018). She is currently completing a new biography, Schubert. A Musical Wayfarer, commissioned by 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


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. See


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). 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 comparative study of musical repertoire in nineteenth-century private social gatherings in eight European cities. 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 2012-2016 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 currently in preparation (Boydell, forthcoming). She has given presentations on various aspects of her research in Austria, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and the UK. See


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. See

Dr Frank Lawrence 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. 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


Dr John O'Flynn is Associate Professor of Music at Dublin City University. He has been a member of SMI Council since 2015, and currently chairs the SMI Grants Committee. In 2016 he 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 journal articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries on aspects of 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 he is currently completing the monograph Music, the moving image, and Ireland. He is also contributor and co-editor for two books in preparation: Music at St Patrick’s College, 1875-2016 with John Buckley, and Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music with Áine Mangaoang and Lonán Ó Briain. See


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


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