School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
All Hallows Campus
Dr Róisín Blunnie is the Programme Chair of DCU's MA in Choral Studies and subject leader for music on the Bachelor of Religious Education and Music initial teacher education programme (post-primary).
She teaches modules in the areas of choral conducting and choral leadership; music history, form and style; music performance, solfege/musicianship and keyboard skills; and music-teaching for post-primary level; and she conducts the DCU Lumen Chorale, a 75-strong choir of undergraduate music students. Prior to the establishment of the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at DCU, Róisín was Head of the Music Department at Mater Dei Institute in Drumcondra. She is the founder and conductor of award-winning Dublin-based chamber choir Laetare Vocal Ensemble.
Róisín has a PhD in Music from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Kodály Pedagogy and an Advanced Diploma in Choral Conducting from the Liszt Academy (Kodály Institute) in Kecskemét, Hungary, and a first-class honours degree in Music and History from TCD, awarded with the gold medal of the university. Her PhD studies on cultural influences and imperial ideology in the early cantatas and oratorios of Edward Elgar were supported by the Irish Research Council and the TCD Non-Foundation Scholarship, and her studies in Hungary were funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and the International Kodály Society.
Research interests- Music in its historical and cultural contexts
- Choral conducting and choir leadership
- Choral music: analysis, interpretation, style
- Choral sound: choral-vocal pedagogy, intonation, ensemble
- Cantatas and oratorios of Edward Elgar; music in late 19th-century and early 20th-century Britain
- Music pedagogy; digital resources and teaching processes for polyphonic skill development