SMI Council, 2021-2024

The current membership of the Council of the Society for Musicology in Ireland for 2021-24 is as follows:

 

Dr John O’Flynn (President) is Associate Professor of Music at Dublin City University. His publications include Music, the Moving Image and Ireland, 1897-2017 (Routledge, 2021, forthcoming), The Irishness of Irish Music (Ashgate, 2009), the co-edited volumes Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond (with Mark Fitzgerald, Ashgate, 2014), Ceol Phádraig: Music at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, 1875-2016 (with John Buckley, Carysfort Press/Peter Lang, 2019), Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music (with Áine Mangaoang & Lonán Ó Briain, Routledge, 2020) and numerous articles, book chapters and encyclopaedia entries concerning film music, popular music, music in Ireland, intercultural music transmission and music in higher education. In 2015-16 he was principal investigator for the project ‘Mapping Popular Music in Dublin’ and currently leads ‘Bridging Musical Knowledge’, a project that explores diverse epistemologies of music. John has served on SMI Council since 2015. See www.dcu.ie/...john-oflynn

Dr Ciarán Crilly (Honorary Membership Secretary) is Lecturer in Orchestral Conducting and Head of School (2018–23) in the School of Music, University College Dublin. He founded the UCD Symphony Orchestra in 2002, while a PhD student, and has since conducted it in over fifty performances at major Irish venues and throughout Europe. He has been a guest conductor for several professional orchestras and a guest lecturer in conducting at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Pulse College. At UCD he teaches modules on performance, orchestration, analysis and twentieth-century music. He has published on the composers Bernard Herrmann, György Ligeti and Erik Satie, and his current research interests include the machine aesthetic in early modern music and the evolving roles of the contemporary conductor. See people.ucd.ie/ciaran.crilly

Dr Barbara Dignam is Assistant Professor in Music at Dublin City University. Her research in Irish contemporary music has led to articles in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland, chapters for Irish Musical Studies, guest lectures, documentary and podcast recordings, and an extended exploration of current trends in electroacoustic music and DIY culture for the journal TEMPO in 2017. She chaired the Brian Boydell Centenary Conference (TCD/RIAM, 2017) and is co-editor and contributor to a substantial volume, Brian Boydell Centenary Essays (UCD Press, forthcoming in 2021). Barbara is also active in education research including peer-assessment, digital musicianship, culturally responsive teaching and designing global music curriculums for higher education. She is currently co-principal investigator on PRESTO, an Erasmus+ funded project focused on generating remote music-learning resources based on international best practice in choral and instrumental instruction. See www.dcu.ie/...barbara-dignam

Dr Damian Evans 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 College Dublin and co-edited The Musicology Review (UCD). He established the Galway Jazz Club and Galway Jazz Festivals before moving to Dublin where he founded the Documenting Jazz Conference, which has had iterations in Dublin, Birmingham and Edinburgh. He is book review editor for the Taylor & Francis journal Jazz Perspectives. Damian has served on SMI Council since 2018 and, in 2019-21, as Honorary Secretary. See musicresearch.ie/?q=damianevans

Dr Kerry Houston See www.dit.ie/conservatory/staff/kerryhouston/

Dr Wolfgang Marx (Honorary Secretary) is Associate Professor in Historical Musicology at the School of Music, University College Dublin, and a member of the UCD Humanities Institute. His main research interests include György Ligeti, the representation of death in music, post-truth and music, and the theory of musical genres. He is general editor of the new Death in History, Culture and Society book series by Brill Publishers. Wolfgang has been Head of School at UCD on three occasions and has also served as Honorary Secretary of Ireland’s Council of Heads of Music in Higher Education. In 2005-2012 he was on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (including three years as executive editor); from 2002 to 2012 he was co-editor of the journal Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft. Currently he is inaugural UCD Innovation Fellow 2021. See people.ucd.ie/wolfgang.marx

Dr Maria McHale is a lecturer in musicology at TU Dublin Conservatoire where she is a member of the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland. Her research interests lie in musical culture in Ireland and Britain in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She was an executive editor and a subject editor for The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (eds Harry White and Barra Boydell, Dublin: UCD Press, 2013) and, with Kerry Houston and Michael Murphy, co-editor of Documents of Irish Music History in the Long Nineteenth Century, Irish Musical Studies 12 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019). Since 2019 Maria has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. See www.dit.ie/conservatory/staff/mariamchale/

Hannah Millington (Student Representative) is a doctoral candidate at Dublin City University, researching the vocal works of Dame Ethel Smyth. Supervised by Dr Róisín Blunnie, Hannah’s thesis aims to highlight the under-explored choral and solo vocal works within Smyth’s oeuvre from an interdisciplinary perspective. Hannah’s broader research interests include the role of women in music, women’s networks, vocal works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the relationship between music and literature. She has served as a part-time administrator for the Society for Musicology in Ireland and is the Social Media Officer for the Women in Global Music Network and the Dublin Musicology Collective. See hnjmillington.com

Professor Denise Neary is Director of Academic Studies for the Doctor in Music Performance programme at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, having previously been Senior Lecturer in Music at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. Denise has been a member of SMI Council since 2009 and Honorary Treasurer of the Society in 2015-2021. She is a member of the RILM National Committee of Ireland and a founding member of the steering committee of Performance Research Ireland and, with colleagues in Finland, Lithuania and the UK, the international ‘Doctors in Performance’ festival conference. In 2020 she was appointed to the advisory board for Irish Musical Studies. Denise’s research focuses on music in Ireland and Britain from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. She is also interested in the development of artistic research in music in Ireland. See www.riam.ie/about/our-people/denise-neary

Dr Aidan Thomson was appointed Senior Lecturer at NUI Galway in 2018, where he is the head of Ireland’s newest university music department and programme convener of the BA in Music. Previously he was Lecturer in Music at Queen’s University Belfast in 2003–18, and chaired the committee for the 2017 SMI Plenary Conference held at Queen’s. He has served before on SMI Council, from 2012 to 2018 (as Honorary Secretary, 2012–15), and was Reviews Editor of the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2012–17). His research and publications are concerned with early twentieth-century British and Irish music, particularly that of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Bax and Smyth. Aidan co-edited, with Alain Frogley, The Cambridge Companion to Vaughan Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and is an Associate of the Research Foundation for Music in Ireland. See www.nuigalway.ie/...aidanthomson

Dr Laura Watson (Honorary Treasurer) is a musicologist at Maynooth University, where she is also Deputy Head of the Music Department. She has published widely on Paul Dukas, including Paul Dukas: Composer and Critic (Boydell, 2019), Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician (co-edited with Helen Julia Minors, Routledge, 2019) and journal articles. Her work on music and text relationships encompasses popular musicians’ memoirs, with research recently published in Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music and Music, Memory and Memoir (Routledge, 2020). Laura’s current projects centre on women and music, including a co-edited book on Women and Music in Ireland. She is a co-founder of the Sounding the Feminists Working Group, which partners with national organizations to address gender inequality in music. She is also Research Collaborator on the international Women’s Musical Leadership Online Network. See www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/laura-watson

Bryan Whitelaw 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 pure.qub.ac.uk/en/persons/bryan-whitelaw