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Dr Kerry Houston, PhD MA LRSM

Director, Research Foundation for Music in Ireland

Kerry’s research interests focus on source studies and especially those of sacred music Ireland 1660–1900. In addition to the publications detailed here, future projects include the preparation of a complete critical edition of the sacred music of Daniel, Thomas and Ralph Roseingrave and a catalogue of music manuscripts at Saint Patrick’s and Christ Church Cathedrals. Other research interests include editing and stemmatic analysis; harmonic theory and reception history with particular interest in Mendelssohn; theology and number symbolism in music.

Kerry is the Chairman of RILM Ireland; interim Chair of the RISM Ireland Steering Committee; honorary treasurer of the Irish Society for Archives; and honorary treasurer for the Dublin University Far Eastern Mission.

He is Head of the Department of Academic Studies at the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Email: kerry.houston[at]



Contributor and co editor (with Barra Boydell), Ireland, Music and the Seventeenth Century, Irish Musical Studies, Vol. 10 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009)


Three Chapters on music in St Patrick’s Cathedral: A History, eds. Raymond Gillespie and John Crawford (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009)

Articles and other

Entries on William Vipond Barry; Edward and Richard Broadway; Symeon Buggine; John Clarke-Whitfeld; Thomas and Peter Finnel; Samuel Green; William Sydney Green; Edward Higgins; Robert Hodge; Peter Isaac; Charles Kitson; Charles Thomas Marchant; Lancelot Pease; John Phipps; St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir School; William Taverner; Trinity College Dublin Chapel; David Wilson, The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland ed. Harry White and Barra Boydell (UCD Press, 2013)
'The eighteenth-century music library at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin', Brio, ed. Katharine Hogg, Vol. 49 no. 2 (Autumn/Winter 2012)
Entry on the Roseingrave family in Dictionary of Irish Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
‘Archival Sources for Sacred Music at St Patrick’s Cathedral’, Irish Society for Archives, Newsletter (2002)
Entry on Charles Kitson and the Roseingrave family in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2002)
A Historical Anthology of Irish Church Music, Irish Musical Studies, Vol. 6 : co-author with Andrew Johnstone of section 1 of introduction and edition of Jubilate Deo in C (Carter) (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2002)

Advisory Board

Professor Gerard Gillen

Professor Barra Boydell

Mr Richard Chesser

Professor Jeremy Dibble

Dr Orla McDonagh

Eleanor McEvoy

Professor Jan Smaczny

Professor Harry White

Post-Graduate Researchers

Helen Doyle

Clare McCague

Emma O'Keefe

Sorcha Bradshaw

Nicole Robinson

Eoin Tierney


Brigitte Bark

2013 - 2014

Ciara Flannery


Taylor Jensen


Mick O'Dwyer


Siobhan O'Halloran


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