Denise Neary

Subject Taught

Denise Neary is currently the Doctoral Academic Studies Coordinator 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 was conference organiser for  ‘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.


‘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

16th Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, CIT Cork School of Music (June 2018): ‘Music performance research – an international perspective’ 

Musicological Societies as Intermediaries between Society, Musical Life and Academia, Utrecht (November 2018): 'Artistic Research in Music in Ireland'

15th Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, Queen's University Belfast (June 2017): 'Performing Research, Researching Performance: An Irish Perspective’