Dr Maria McHale

Dr Maria McHale: BMus (NUI), MA (City), PhD (Lond)

Maria is an Assistant Lecturer in Musicology at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Her research is concerned with late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Irish musical culture with a particular interest in music, theatre and Dublin's operatic culture. She completed an Irish Research Council (IRC) funded project on music at the Abbey Theatre which reveals the importance of the Abbey in Ireland’s musical history. In January 201, she received funding from the IRC to develop a project entitled ‘Music in Ireland: 1916 and beyond’.

She was joint Executive Editor of the Encyclopaedia for Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013); Honorary Secretary of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2009-2012) and re-elected to the SMI’s Council (2012-2015). She is a committee member for both RILM Ireland and RISM Ireland.

Email: maria.mchale[at]dit.ie

Selected Publications

Fifteen entries for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013) including: ‘Abbey Theatre, ‘Gaiety Theatre’. Theatre Royal’ and ‘Carl Rosa Opera Company’.
‘Music Publishing’, Oxford History of the Irish Book, vol. iv, ed. James Murphy (OUP, 2011)
‘Moore’s Melodies: music and politics in Dublin, 1879’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 109C (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2009)
‘The Irish Melodies: reception and legacy’, My gentle harp: Moore’s Irish Melodies, 1808-2008, ed. Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2008)
‘Singing and Sobriety: Music and Temperance in Ireland, 1838-43’, Irish Musical Studies, Volume 9: Music in Nineteenth-Century, ed. Michael Murphy and Jan Smaczny, (Dublin: Four Courts Press 2007)

Selected Presentations

‘Music at the Abbey Theatre’, Irish Society for Archives, City Library, Dublin April, 2014.
The Musical Life of the Abbey Theatre, Society for Musicology in Ireland Annual Conference, NUI Maynooth, 2013.
‘Dublin’s operatic life: Joseph Holloway and the Gaiety Theatre (1880-1922)’ seminar, Queen’s University, Belfast, February 2012.
‘Making opera Irish: Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne,’ Eighth Biennial Conference on Music in Nineteenth Century Britain, Queen’s University, Belfast, July 2011.

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