Dr Maria McHale

BMus (NUI) MA (City) PhD (Lond)

Maria McHale is a lecturer in Musicology at the Conservatory where she has been based since late 2009. She has also lectured at Royal Holloway, University of London, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Queen’s University, Belfast.

She completed her undergraduate studies at University College Cork, followed by a Masters in Musicology at City University, London, and a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her PhD thesis, A Singing People: English Vocal Music and Nationalist Debate, 1880-1920, is a study of late nineteenth-century British musical culture and in particular the issues and tensions surrounding English opera and choral music, and the cultural milieu in which the formation of nationalist ideals took place.

Her research is concerned with musical culture in nineteenth-century Ireland and Britain; aesthetics and criticism; nationalism; nineteenth-century musical press; music and theatre; reception history and historiography. She has received funding from the Irish Research Council for two projects: Music at the Abbey Theatre and Music in Ireland: 1916 and Beyond. She welcomes enquires from prospective research students in relation to these and other related research areas.

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

Publications include:
Fifteen entries for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (UCD Press, 2013)
‘Music Publishing’, Oxford History of the Irish Book, vol. iv, ed. James Murphy, (Oxford University Press, 2010)
‘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)
‘The (un)Englishness of Gerontius’, Musicology Review (UCD Press, 2007)