Linda Adams is a musician and PhD researcher in audio technologies and music cognition. Her current research involves an investigation into the effects of harmonic context on expectation in musicians and non-musicians. Linda graduated with a BA in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre in 2007. She subsequently began performing with various ensembles and composing for and performing with her own piano trio. In 2014 she received a M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies. She has since published research on methods of MIDI humanisation and generative composition in MaxMSP, object-based audio, and music cognition. She has presented at conferences in Ireland and internationally and was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Sound and Music Computing Summer School. Linda joined the faculty of Newpark Music Centre in 2007 and began teaching Piano Studies and Harmony on their BA in Jazz Performance. She currently teaches on DCU’s BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance, lecturing in Piano, Harmony, Arranging, Music Technology and Aural Training.
Name: John Alderdice
Areas of Research: Part-time PhD researcher exploring the relationship between Ordained Ministry in the Methodist Church in Ireland and Servant Leadership Theory.
Working Thesis Title: Servant Leadership as a paradigm for Ordained Ministry in the contemporary Methodist Church in Ireland.
Supervisors: Dr Gabriel Flynn and Prof Patrick Flood (DCU Business School)
John is husband to Ruth and dad to Hannah and Daniel. He is an Ordained Minister of the Methodist Church in Ireland and currently serves as the denomination’s Director of Ministry. He is also involved with leadership development as the Director of Arrow Leadership Ireland. He is deeply interested in how the church needs to be shaped or reshaped to fulfil its calling in today’s world and the type of leadership that is required to do this.
He holds a BA in Modern History from Queen’s University Belfast, a Bachelor of Divinity also from Queen’s University, and a Master of Arts in Evangelism Studies from the University of Sheffield.
He is a rugby watching, tech lover, mac geek, guitar player, Man Utd fan, book collector, music listener, geocache finder and loves the idea of getting out more to run and cycle!
Name: Lina Andonovska
Areas of Research: Contemporary Western art music, classical music, artist entrepreneurship, practice-based research
Thesis Title (working title): The 21st Century Musician: entrepreneurship through the performance of contemporary Western art music
Supervisor: Dr Patricia Flynn
Curiosity, fearlessness and versatility carry Lina Andonovska’s artistry around the globe. Andonovska is a rare breed in the flute world; a Name that you’ll discover on both the pages of Rolling Stone and the Australian Chamber Orchestra roster. She has not only cultivated partnerships with leading artists including Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, Claire Chase and Bryce Dessner, but also deep community ties from Timor Leste to Tokyo’s Wonder Site.
She has collaborated with Ensemble Modern, Crash Ensemble, Deutsches Kammerorchester, stargaze and eighth blackbird. Recent credits include performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, New Music Dublin, Musica Nova Helsinki and a solo show as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival that was noted as “re-defining the act of going solo “ (The Age). Lina released her debut solo album with Diatribe Records label in early 2020, which was described as “brimming with energy and bold textures, though marked throughout by nuance. A Name to watch out for.” (All About Jazz). She will be joining the line-up of Grammy Award-winning ensemble ‘eighth blackbird’ when restrictions lift and will be commencing PhD studies at Dublin City University in late 2020.
Name: Freya Dasgupta
Areas of Research: Jewish-Christian relations, Interfaith dialogue, Yiddish Literature, Jewish Studies
Thesis Title: In Pursuit of the Kingdom: Jewish-Christian Reconciliation in Sholem Asch's Fiction and Its Relevance to Interfaith Dialogue
Supervisors: Dr Peter Admirand and Dr Jonathan Kearney
M.Phil. (2018) Trinity College Dublin, Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies; M.A. (2011) Jamia Millia Islamia - New Delhi, Islamic Studies; B.A. (2009) Loreto College - University of Calcutta, English Literature
Freya's thesis focuses on Jewish-Christian reconciliation in Yiddish author Sholem Asch's fiction, especially in his depiction of biblical characters and use of Christian themes. Her broader research interests include interfaith dialogue between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the role of popular literature in promoting ideas of rapproachment, and the role of Yiddish in the formation of Jewish identity, especially one that counteracts aggressive ethno-nationalist tendencies. Born and raised in Calcutta, Freya did her B.A. in English Literature from Loreto College. She has a master's degree in Islamic Studies from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and another in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies from Trinity College Dublin where her dissertation examined Asch's portrayal of Jesus as the arbiter between Judaism and Christianity in his novel The Nazarene. As a Junior Research Fellow under India's University Grant Commission, she taught 'Indian Religion and Culture' for two years at Jamia Millia Islamia. She has also had six years of experience working as a journalist for Outlook Magazine and Huffington Post India. Her obsession with Sholem Asch, the protagonist of her Ph.D., is well-known in Yiddishist circles, as she continues to learn his mame-loshn. Apart from teaching and promoting the marvellous canon of literature in Yiddish, she also aspires to write bestsellers like Asch. Freya prides herself on being a bit of an animal whisperer and spends much of her time in the company of tails. She is a rookie plant parent, frequently dabbles in art, and in the words of Sholem Aleichem: 'books—she swallows like dumplings'. She also likes dumplings.
Name: Martin Della Vecchia
Research Area: Music Composition
Title: Seeing and sensing movement as an approach to music composition
Thesis Focus: How practices of seeing may advance compositional practice. How the affective responses to seeing movement can be articulated in sound design and music composition?
Supervisor: Dr Rhona Clarke and Dr Sean Doherty
My proposed research output is a portfolio of music compositions accompanied by a thesis. The common thread that will run through the body of compositions will be an understanding that music is rooted in the body’s interactions with the world. By investigating the experience of seeing and perceiving in music composition practice, I aim to advance on new techniques for composition and contribute to the understanding of the embodied origins of music, which is at the core of expanding knowledge of both music composers and scholars.
Name: Tony Devlin
(I know that for DCU I'm officially Anthony, but no one calls me that!)
Areas of Research: Authority, Control and Dissent in post-Vatican II Catholicism, including the historical development of the concept of orthodoxy, Vatican II perspectives on doctrinal development, orthodoxy and control, Vatican II reception and the associated crises in magisterial authority, the attitudes to dissent evidenced in successive papacies, challenges and the nature of dissent in the 3rd millennium, the future for a pastoral magisterium
Thesis Title: Theological Dissent – From Vatican II to the New Millennium
Supervisor: Dr Ethna Regan
Best described as a work-in-progress, I was born in 1952, and grew up in the 1960s when everything seemed possible (and actually was). Mairéad and I were married in 1973 and she has tolerated me now for nearly half a century. Her place in heaven is secure. We’ve been blessed with four children, all grown up and with children of their own now. One son and one daughter live overseas (Sweden and England) while one daughter and one son live here in Dublin. The eight grandchildren have been a surprise and delight in so many different ways it’s difficult to know where to begin, so I won’t. Each one is a wonder child.
I spent my working life in technology (software development) and travelled fairly extensively as an R&D Manager with Ericsson, the telecommunications company. I liked Sweden and Italy best of the places where I was stationed, so different from Ireland and so vibrant in their different ways. Now retired, I still do some technical work developing training programs for the Technology Ireland Skillnet. I also volunteer with that great organisation Trócaire, speaking in schools, lobbying politicians and promoting the message of Laudato Si’ about ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’. That mission took me to Geneva last year to support efforts to secure a binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights.
I have been a runner for most of my adult life. My marathon days are well over but I still enjoy the endorphin release of regular runs in the Phoenix Park. I write a lot, and not just for academic purposes. My stories and poems have enjoyed modest success over the years and in 2014 I published a historical novel Season of Snow which deals with those heroic heretics, the Cathars.
Name: David Mark Dunning
Areas of Research: Patristic Theology, Orthodox Theology, Systematic Theology, Political Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Phenomenology, Gender, Sexuality, and Queer Theory
Thesis Title: Gendering and Queering Theological Anthropology: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Challenges
Supervisors: Dr Ethna Regan and Dr Joseph Rivera
David originates from Manchester, in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Theology and an MSt in Modern Christian Doctrine (with distinction), where he also held a Rebecca Flower Squire Bursary. David’s doctoral research, for which he holds an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, is in theological anthropology. His thesis seeks to reconcile the insights of postmodern gender and queer theory with traditional Christian doctrines of Creation, Incarnation, and Deification. It is conversant with Phenomenology, Sacramental Theology, and the work of Karl Rahner.
David has experience of designing curricula, teaching, and assessing across a number of BA and MA modules, including Patristics, Pneumatology, Sacramental Theology, and Modern Protestant Theology. He has also published multiple articles and book reviews, including ‘Being Gifted as Negative Certainty’ in Open Theology and ‘Brian Brock’s Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ’ in Reviews in Religion & Theology. David writes a regular column on Christian doctrine (entitled ‘In Layman’s Terms’) for the magazine of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. David has presented numerous conference papers on a variety of theological and philosophical topics, including at the American Academy of Religion, Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology, and the Society for the Study of Theology. He will present ‘Baring Common Flesh: Emmanuel Falque’s Vision of Gender and the Eucharistic Body’ at the American Academy of Religion’s 2021 conference.
Outside of academia, David is a member of the serving team at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. He studies the organ at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, plays the piano and the trombone, and sings classical and sacred music. He has performed across Europe. He also holds the DCU Students’ Union Arts Bursary in recognition of his contribution to the artistic life of DCU.
Name: Viji Varghese Eapen
Areas of Research: Subaltern Studies, Liberation Theology, Ecclesiology and Liturgical Theology
Thesis Title: Consulting the Subalterns: Developing a Subaltern Dialectical Boundary Discourse for a Borderless Church
Supervisor: Dr Ethna Regan
Viji, from India, is pursuing his research located at the intersection of Theology and Subaltern Studies. His research seeks to examine two subaltern public discourses, Subaltern Studies and the theological appeal to subalternity. He aims to develop a “Subaltern Dialectical Boundary Discourse” for a borderless Church (a just and inclusive community). Previously he earned his Bachelor of Divinity (Hons.) in 2004 from the United Theological College, Bangalore and the Master of Theology in 2008 from the Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture, Kottayam. Being an ordained minister in the Church of South India (a member of the Anglican Communion), he has spent almost fifteen years with several marginalised communities. Besides, he has also engaged in building eco-justice, inter-church communion and inter-faith dialogue.
He has already done two research works, one in the area of subaltern pneumatology, developing a new area called ‘Dalithics,’ by re-reading the Christian understanding of Holy Spirit in light of the Dalit understanding of the Mother Earth, and another, interdisciplinary research on Liturgical Theology and Ecclesiology. He has edited and co-edited several books and authored several articles about ecclesiology and ethics, caste and gender studies, inter-religious studies, subaltern studies, liberation, postcolonial and public theologies, and liturgical studies which are his research interests.
In Dublin, he voluntarily serves as the Vicar of the CSI Congregation, as well as the president of an ecumenical union of Churches belonging to the Catholic, Protestant, Reformed and Eastern traditions. Both these roles offer prospects for him to practise the concepts that he explores in his current research on subaltern ecclesiology. During his leisure, Viji enjoys music (he composes hymns and lyrics), sports (cricket and football), engaging in meaningful conversations, and social networking. After his PhD, he plans to return to his Church and engage in theological education, particularly in the area of subaltern studies and theology.
Originally from Dublin but living in Co Kildare for the last 25 years (so not too far from my origins!). I'm undertaking my PhD on a part-time basis so I spend a lot of time juggling work, research and family/leisure time. In my work environment I am an archivist, running my own company, which provides archive, library and other information services mostly to public sector clients. When not doing all of that, I like to get outside into the fresh air - lots of walking and the occasional bike journey. I also have an interest in history (no surprise, given what I do for a living) but also keep a close eye on current affairs, and I watch a good deal of sport too, when the opportunity arises. I'm married, with two children in their early twenties - so all in all I have lots of varied things to take up my time.
I earned a Bachelor of Education from the English Education Department at the Faculty of Teacher Training at the State Islamic University of Sunan Gunung Djati Bandung, West Java, Indonesia in 2011. Then, I earned a M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary, United States in 2015. Upon completion of the Doctoral program in Dublin City University, my long-term goal is to join the political party in Indonesia. I plan to be a public servant who will innovate and bring change to the government that will benefit most people. Having studied abroad in the United States and Ireland, I plan to transfer this knowledge to politicians to help them maintain interreligious dialogue in Indonesia. I want to take part of the changes and continue to making decisions that will impact my nation.
Name: Tristin Hartley
Areas of Research: Biblical Studies, Feminism, Postcolonialism
Thesis Title: Crisis and Female Agency: A Re-examination of Gender and Power in the Hebrew Bible
Supervisor: Dr Brad Anderson
I am currently in my second year of the PhD programme at Dublin City University. My research focuses on answering the question: ‘how do we account for the fact that it is often in times of crisis that we see the agency of women come to the fore?’ My project is an interdisciplinary exploration, through a re-examination of theories of power and gender, the relationship between times of crisis or upheaval and female agency in the Hebrew Bible.
My passion for biblical studies informed my decision to study at the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Pretoria where I obtained both my BA in Theology and BTh Hons in New Testament studies. My Bachelor of Arts in Theology and my two-year elective in Biblical Hebrew laid the foundation for my interest in Hebrew Bible studies. This trajector of biblical study with an emphasis upon ideological interpretations as a lens for reflection developed during my studies on the Master’s degree at Dublin City University.
While I miss the sunshine in my native South Africa, I am truly blessed to experience the beauty and magic of Ireland while continuing my love of research in Dublin. On a more personal note, I’m the kind of girl to cry in a movie when the dog dies and my Instagram account is a more of a shrine to my miniature pincher and three greyhounds than anything else.
Name: Louise Hassan
Areas of Interest: Game of Thrones! Literature, Creative writing, and Religious Studies
Working Thesis Title: Christology and Mythology in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.
Supervisors: Dr Peter Admirand and Marina Carr
I am currently in the second year of a Research PhD with the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music at Dublin City University. I have spent the past five years as a student at DCU. I first completed a Joint Honours degree in Theology and English and then undertook a Master’s degree in Creative Writing, one of the first students to pass this new MA degree offered by the School of English.
My thesis examines how Martin reworks Christology and Mythology in his novel series A Song of Ice and Fireand its subsequent HBO television production A Game of Thrones. It is an interdisciplinary thesis with the Schools of Theology and English. I am incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Peter Admirand as my primary supervisor and the secondary supervisor is famous Irish playwright, Marina Carr.
I’m originally from the UK but have been living in Ireland for the past 19 years. I have a wonderful daughter and partner and we live on the Northside of Dublin. I enjoy hill walking and being out in nature. An avid reader of a variety of books including fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, and classic works I also enjoy trips to the cinema to see movies involving action, drama, fantasy and sci-fi.
Name: Yvonne Higgins
Areas of research: Children’s musical thinking and learning
Thesis Title: Thinking in Sound: Developing a conceptual framework for a communicative, meaning-making approach to children’s music reading in choral contexts.
First Supervisor: Dr Patricia Flynn
Second Supervisor: Dr John O’Flynn
My work with student teachers in Music Education, with children at primary level and with choirs of all ages has led me to my research topic. I always been fascinated by how children think and learn, especially in music. Through generating theory with expert choral practitioners, I hope to contribute to developing both theory and practice in the teaching of music reading in Irish choral contexts.
My research investigates children’s musical thinking, particularly as they engage with music notations, in choral settings. I am particularly interested in whether the breadth of research and understanding on children’s learning to read written language can inform or extend a theoretical understanding of children’s music reading.
Name: Mohammad Hosseini
Areas of research: Research ethics and integrity with a particular focus on scholarly authorship
Thesis title: Ethics of contributor role ontologies and taxonomies
Supervisors: Professor Bert Gordijn and Dr Jonathan Lewis
Mohammad Hosseini holds a B.A. in Business Management (2013, Eindhoven), and an M.A. in Applied Ethics (2016, Utrecht). In 2017 he became a PhD candidate in Research Ethics and Integrity. He specialises in ethical aspects of scholarly authorship and citations. His PhD thesis explores ethics of contributor role ontologies and taxonomies as modern means of attributing credit and responsibilities in academic publications. Additionally, he is a member of work package 5 of the EnTIRE (Mapping Normative Frameworks for Ethics and Integrity of Research) project. Since 2017 he has been a guest lecturer of research ethics and integrity, and since 2019 he lectures on engineering ethics. He is one of the group leaders of the attribution working group of FORCE11 community, and the chair/founder of MyCites taskforce.
Besides doing research, reading for fun, watching arthouse movies and riding his bike, Mohammad enjoys long-distance running, football, and a good game of backgammon. His dream world is one where everyone tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth even if doing so would be disadvantageous to them or their interests.
Name: Róisín Maher
Research areas): women composers, undergraduate music programmes, third level music education
Thesis title: ‘Enabling strong representation of women composers on undergraduate music programmes: challenges and innovations’
Supervisor: Dr Patricia Flynn
I studied music and French at UCC and subsequently did a taught masters in Opera Studies at the University of Leeds (where I became a Leeds Utd supporter for my sins!). After graduating from Leeds, I spent two and a half years in Sierra Leone, West Africa, with Voluntary Services Overseas, lecturing in music at a primary teacher-training college. On my return to Ireland, I did some part-time lecturing in TCD, the National College of Ireland and Mary Immaculate College in Limerick before moving to Cork, where I have lectured on the BMus degree course at CIT Cork School of Music since 2004. I teach modules on Women in Music, Opera Studies, and music history from 1800 to the present day.
In a parallel career as an arts administrator, I have worked in a wide variety of posts from Marketing Assistant to General Manager with organisations including Universal Edition music publishers in London, Opera North in Leeds, Opera Theatre Company, the Contemporary Music Centre, Crash Ensemble and the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. In 2017 I co-founded a concert series of music by women composers Finding a Voice with my sister Cliona, in my hometown of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The concerts take place over four days around International Women’s Day (8th March) and feature leading Irish and international performers.
I live in West Cork with my husband and two daughters as well as our newest addition to the family, a toy poodle-Shih Tzu puppy. I love living by the coast as I get to swim in the sea and walk on the beach every day. Right now, I really miss singing in choirs, as it’s something I’ve done throughout my life but hopefully will get back to again soon.
Name: Angelos Mavropoulos
Areas of research: Theology, Religious Studies, Christian Ethics, and Bioethics
Thesis Title: The Ethical Consideration of Body Modification: A comparative case study of Tattooing and Body Piercing practices between Catholic and Orthodox perspectives
Supervisor: Dr. John Murray
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About me: I am Angelos Mavropoulos and I am from Thessaloniki, Greece. I have master in Christian Ethics and Sociology Christianity from Aristotle University’s Faculty of Theology. I also possess a certificate of postgraduate Education on Medical Deontology and Bioethics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
I have developed a broad interest in Christian Theology and more specifically in how Christian Ethics can guide modern people and society into taking the right moral decisions. During my Christian Ethics courses for my Master’s, I studied the field of Bioethics and Medical Ethics, which immediately appealed to me. This is the field that I wish to follow, my inclination, the subject that excites and fulfills my scholarly interests and pursuits. Furthermore, I have long had an interest in modern scientific and scholarly disciplines and medicine and I found dealing with the human body and the prospects that modern medicine can provide to it, extremely interesting. Thus, during the course of my studies, I was intrigued by the prospect of combining the fields of Religious Studies and Medical Ethics, particularly in conjunction with the subject of body modification which has not been widely researched and offers the potential for further theological analysis.
My ultimate ambition is to work within the academic sector, I want my work to be widely acknowledged and sensitize as many people possible, since my proposed research deals with a contemporary and universal issue. Moreover, as my project is comparative between two different Christian traditions, an ultimate aspiration of mine is for it to contribute to the inter-denominational and inter-confessional dialogue and discourse and to bring together people from both traditions, whether they belong to the traditional academic sector or not.
Name: Padraig Mc Bennett
Areas of Research: Secularism and Pluralism in a post-Catholic Irish context.
Thesis Title: Not confirmed yet but related to concepts above.
Supervisor: Dr. Joseph Rivera.
My professional background is in mental health nursing where I worked as a clinician and then senior nurse manager with the Health Service Executive before taking a different career direction in 2005. I was a lecturer and clinical tutor in mental health at The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin for approximately 13 years until retirement in 2018. My main responsibilities were teaching, academic administration and research. I was involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects with the mental health team and clinical partners in Trinity, which involved evaluations of mental health and intellectual disability interventions. I co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications based on these research projects. I also lectured on mental health topics at Dundalk Institute of Technology for periods. I completed the MA in Theology in DCU in September 2020.
A native of Monaghan, I now reside in Co. Louth. What I love most in life is spending time with my adult children and grandchildren. For leisure pursuits, I enjoy walking and trekking and I also like to travel, which is obviously curtailed at the moment due to the Covid-19 restrictions. I particularly enjoy visiting the West of Ireland, where one of my favourite locations is amidst the Karst topography of the Burren landscape.
My research is focused on the choral and solo vocal works of the British composer, Dame Ethel Smyth. I am particularly interested in the context surrounding these works and will approach this facet of Smyth's oeuvre from an interdisciplinary perspective. My broader academic interests include the role of women in music; the relationship between music and literature; and hermeneutic analysis.
I moved from Shropshire (UK) to Ireland in 2019 to embark on the PhD and haven’t looked back! I am a founding member of the Dublin Musicology Collective, a network established for the social wellbeing of music graduate students based in Dublin and beyond. I am also the part-time administrator for the Society for Musicology in Ireland. In my spare time I love to read, explore the countryside, and swim in the sea.
Name: Marcellinus Azukaoma Uche Osakwe
Area of Research: Postcolonial Studies
Thesis Title: Nigerian Postcolonial Thought and Peace Process In Northern Nigeria
Supervisor: Dr Peter Admirand
Hobbies: Football (Arsenal), Boxing, F1, Music, Dancing, Yoga, Documentary, Writing, Reading and Socialising
I am from Okoroduru, Isieke-Isiekenesi, Ideato South, Imo State, Nigeria. I am passionate about global peace, Africa, Nigeria, and Igbo nation. I am ambitious and self-driven. I thrive on challenges and always set goals for myself, so I have something to strive towards. I am always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness.
Name: Kirsten Overkamp
Research Areas: Religious Studies, Papacy, Church History and Sociolinguistics
Thesis Topic: Papal Names and Narratives
Provisional Title: The impact of chosen narratives: an analysis of papal Names in the context of Church history and identity politics.
Supervisors: Dr Brad Anderson and Dr Gabriel Flynn
I am from the Netherlands and I have lived in Dublin for about a year now. Besides terribly missing salty liquorice and Dutch apples, I enjoy life in Dublin.
I have studied Classics and Religious Studies. In my PhD I will focus on papal Names, exploring the characteristics and significance of the pope’s Name choice, and analyzing the use of the Name as a tool in papal politics and narratives.
I have been to Rome countless times and hope to return there, for leisure or research. At the moment, nevertheless, I will stick to nearby outings such as Bull island and the Botanic gardens.
Name: Orla Shannon
Areas of Research: Irish art song, gender representation in the canon of art music, Irish women composers, vocal music, performance studies, music and text analysis, choral music, twentieth century Russian music
Working Thesis Title: The Forgotten Female: Twentieth Century Irish Art Music and the Cultural Politics of Revival
Supervisor: Dr. Seán Doherty
Sligo native Orla Shannon holds dual professional engagements as both a musicologist and performer. Her primary academic focus is the completion of her PhD which addresses the issue of gender equality in the canon of twentieth-century Irish art song. This research has been the recipient of two scholarships awarded by the Irish Research Council and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, DCU. Orla’s research is also endorsed by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland where she was appointed the inaugural scholar-in-residence in 2018. Her many international conference presentations include a lecture recital at the Institute of Musical Research Grant Series 2019 for which she was awarded a bursary by the Royal Musical Association London. She is currently working towards the production of the first songbook of vocal works by Irish composer Ina Boyle as part of an Anglo-Irish cultural partnership with the Ina Boyle Society Limited. Her forthcoming publications include a chapter in The Routledge Companion to Women and Musical Leadership: the nineteenth century and beyond (Taylor & Francis Group).
Also active as a soprano soloist, Orla studies privately with Prof. Ashley Stafford, London with previous training at Uni für Musik und darst Kunst, Vienna. She is a past prize-winner at Dublin Feis Ceoil, Sligo Feis Ceoil, and Feis Shligigh, and holds a track record of distinction results in all her Royal Irish Academy of Music singing grades with subsequent performances at the National Gala Concerts of the Permanent TSB High Achiever Awards. In 2019, she curated the first performance catalogue of vocal music written by composers from the island of Ireland which was launched and published by CMC, Ireland. Orla currently enjoys combing her musicological and performance expertise in a tutoring and lecturing capacity at Dublin City University.
Name: Holly Woods
Area of Research: Historical ethnomusicology
Thesis Title: A historical-ethnomusicological open enquiry into the musical and
cultural traits of selected Irish children’s song collections
Hello! My Name is Holly Woods. I am a post-primary music teacher and choral conductor based in Dublin. I am passionate about music education and also a self-confessed choral nerd – which makes DCU’s School of Theology, Philosophy and Music a wonderful place to be! I am researching children’s songs because I am curious as to what type of music Irish children make, by themselves and with others. Almost no information exists on this, so I decided the best place to start exploring this curiosity of mine was probably in the past. I hope that by studying historical song collections, and by finding out what sort of songs children used to sing in Ireland, I can provide a foundation for further study in this field – whether that’s by musicians, teachers, psychologists, anthropologists… Children’s songs seem to fascinate lots of scholars around the world, and hopefully Ireland is starting to catch up. In the meantime, I manage my aforementioned choral-nerd affliction by singing with award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices. I also love the outdoors, and on any morning of the week (when I’m not researching, ahem…) you might find me swimming in the sea, out horse-riding, and/or chasing our family’s obstinate beagle hound around the public parks and beaches of north Dublin. For enquiries about arranging choral workshops in schools, I would be delighted to hear from you via email.