Dr Maria McHale

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Lecturer in Musicology

Email: Maria.McHale@TUDublin.ie

Tel: +353 1 220 5147

Maria McHale is a Lecturer in Musicology at TU Dublin Conservatoire. She undertook a PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London with a study of British musical culture at the turn of the twentieth century entitled: ‘A Singing People: English Vocal Music and Nationalist Debate, 1880-1920’. Her research is concerned with musical culture in fin-de-siècle Ireland and Britain; music and theatre; opera in Ireland; reception history and historiography.  She has received funding from the Irish Research Council for: Music at the Abbey Theatre and Music in Ireland: 1916 and Beyond. She welcomes enquires from prospective research students in relation to these and related areas.

She was Honorary Secretary for the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2009-2012) and was re-elected to the SMI’s Council (2012-2015 and 2021-24). She is a founder member of the Conservatoire’s Research Foundation for Music in Ireland and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (2019–23) and the Advisory Board for Irish Musical Studies (since 2020). She was both Executive Editor and a Subject Editor for the Encyclopaedia for Music in Ireland (2013) and co-edited Documents of Irish Music History in the Long Nineteenth Century (2019).




Co-edited book

Kerry Houston, Maria McHale and Michael Murphy, ed. Documents of Irish music history in the long nineteenth century (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019)


Book chapters/articles

 ‘Opera as Gaeilge: revivalism and reception in fin-de-siècle Irish opera’, Opera and British Print Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century ed. Christina Furhmann and Alison Mero, (Clemson University Press, 2023)


“Dublin can still justly boast of being a music-loving city”: Joseph Holloway and opera in Dublin, 1880–1922’, Documents of Irish Musical History in the long nineteenth century - Irish Musical Studies 12 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019)


 “Hopes for Regeneration”: Opera in Revivalist Dublin, 1900—1916’, Music Preferred - Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis in Honour of Harry White ed. Lorraine Byrne Bodley, (Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag, 2018)


 ‘Music publishing in nineteenth-century Ireland’, Oxford History of the Irish Book, vol. iv, ed. James H. Murphy (Oxford: OUP, 2011)


 ‘Moore’s Centenary: Music and Politics in Dublin, 1879’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Section C, vol. 109 (2009)


 ‘Singing and sobriety: music and temperance in Ireland, 1838–43’, Music in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007)


‘How could an English composer be so utterly and entirely unEnglish? Elgar and the Dream of Gerontius’ in The Musicology Review (Dublin: UCD Press, 2007)


PhDs supervised to completion

Nicole Robinson ‘Hymnals as Historical Documents: A Contextualisation of the Church Hymnal and its Representation of the Church of Ireland and its People 1864–1919’ (2021)


Eoin Flood ‘The Influence of Santería in Leo Brouwer's Solo Guitar Works, 1955–1993’ (2020)


Eamon O’ Doherty ‘Measuring Expressive Music Performances: a Performance Science Model using Symbolic Approximation’ (2019)


Michael O’ Toole ‘John Williams: An evaluation of his impact upon the culture of the classical guitar’ (2018)


Damian Evans ‘The creation of meaning and identity in the Dublin jazz scene, past and present’ (2016)


Brian Ó hUiginn ‘Creolisation in Music Traditions: South Connemara, the Scottish Western Isles and Francophone Louisiana’ (2016)


Martin Tourish ‘In Process and Practice: The Development of an Archive of Explicit Stylistic Data for Irish Traditional Instrumental Music’ (2013)


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