Denise Neary

Denise Neary is currently the Director of Academic Studies for the Doctor in Music Performance (DMusPerf) programme at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  She is responsible for the guidance and academic supervision of students and delivering modules in research methods and musicology. Denise 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 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 ‘Doctors in Performance’ – the second festival conference of music performance and artistic research which will be held at the Royal Irish Academy of Music on 8-9 September 2016.

Denise’s research focuses on music in Ireland and Britain from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. In particular, her work has examined music in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dublin churches and evaluated cathedral music in England in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Publications

‘Allingham, William’; ‘Artane Band’; ‘Byfield, John’; ‘Chisholm, Audrey’; ‘Gilmore, Patrick Sarsfield’; ‘Hitchcock, Walter’; ‘Kelleher, Deborah’; ‘Leeson, Joseph Frederick’; ‘McKiernan, Arnold’; ‘Murphy, Samuel’; ‘Pearse, Patrick’; ‘Quarry, Michael’; ‘Royal Irish Academy of Music’; ‘Scanlan, William J’; ‘Smith, John’; ‘St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street’; ‘St Peter’s Church, Drogheda’; ‘Vaughan, Jimmy’; ‘Wetenhall, Edward’ in Barra Boydell and Harry White (eds), Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013)

‘Church music in the seventeenth century’ in Barra Boydell and Kerry Houston (eds.), Music, Ireland and the Seventeenth Century, Irish Musical Studies x, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009)

‘A Canterbury Tale: A Musical Foundation in the Eighteenth Century’, in Barra Boydell (ed.) Proceedings of the First Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2003)

‘Cuvillie, John Baptiste’, and ‘Hollister’ in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (ed. Stanley Sadie and John Tyrell, London, 2nd edn, 2001)

‘Organ building in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dublin and its English connection’ in the Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies xxi (1997)

‘Music in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dublin churches’ in P. F. Devine and Harry White (eds.), Irish Musical Studies iv, (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1996)

Conference papers

Society for Musicology in Ireland Eleventh Annual Conference, NUI Maynooth (2013): ‘What a Performance!: Research at the Royal Irish Academy of Music’

Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Royal Musical Association, Royal Irish Academy of Music (2009): ‘From “St. Ann’s in the Cornfields” to the “Church in the heart of the City”: three centuries of music at St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin’

Society for Musicology in Ireland Fourth Annual Conference, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick (2006): ‘“The beauty of holiness”: Seventeenth-century Irish parish church music’

Music and Culture in Seventeenth-Century Ireland, NUI Maynooth (2005): ‘Church music in Ireland in the seventeenth century’

Society for Musicology in Ireland First Annual Conference, Department of Music, NUI Maynooth (2003): ‘A Canterbury Tale: A Musical Foundation in the Eighteenth Century’

Royal Musical Association Irish Conference, Department of Music, Waterford Institute of Technology (1999): ‘James Hawkins: “no way significant as a composer”?’

Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain at the University of Hull (1997): ‘English Cathedral Music in the early nineteenth century’

Dublin Historical Society Lecture (1996) ‘Church music in Dublin in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’

Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London (1995): ‘Organ building in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dublin and its English connection’

Maynooth International Musicological Conference (1995): ‘Music in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dublin churches’

Doctoral dissertations supervised to completion

Dimitri Papadimitriou, ‘An exploration of the key characteristics in Beethoven’s piano sonatas and selected instrumental repertoire’ (2013)

Desmond Earley, ‘French basso continuo performance technique: a study of the arpeggiated gesture in the prélude non mesuré (c1650-c1720)’ (2013)

Orla Flanagan, ‘Music, text and context in Felix Mendelssohn’s choral works for Berlin Cathedral’ (2012)

Annette Cleary, ‘The process of preparing Irish cello sonatas (1968-1996) for performance’ (2010)

Fionnuala Moynihan, ‘Considerations for a modern performance of John Field’s Piano sonata, op 1 no 1 in E flat major’ (2009)