Professor Clíona Doris

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Senior Lecturer
MMus in Performance Programme Chair

Clíona Doris joined DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2005 and has held the positions of Head of Orchestral Studies and Head of Conservatory.  She is a graduate of The Queen's University of Belfast and Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, where she studied with the acclaimed harpist, Susann McDonald. She graduated with the Doctor of Music Degree in Harp Performance and Music Literature from Indiana University.

Clíona has extensive experience as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed throughout Ireland, Britain, Europe and the United States. Her broadcasts include performances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ LyricFM, National Public Radio USA, ClassicFM TV, UTV, RTÉ Television and BBC Television, including as soloist at the BBC Proms in the Park from Belfast broadcast as part of the BBC Last Night of the Proms. 

An active exponent of contemporary music, Clíona has premiered works by Elaine Agnew, Enda Bates, Linda Buckley, Donnacha Dennehy, Jason E. Geistweidt, Deirdre Gribbin, Philip Hammond, Brian Irvine, Deirdre McKay, Neil Martin, Betty Olivero, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Ian Wilson, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky and John Zorn.  Her CD recordings include two solo CDs, a pale yellow sky (RTÉ lyricfM label), and in blue sea or sky (Riverrun Records) and a concerto recording of Handel’s Harp Concertowith the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (RTÉ lyricfm label).  She also features on contemporary chamber music recordings for Louth Contemporary Music Society, NMC Recordings and Diatribe Records.

She a member of the Board of Directors of Music Network, Music Generation and the World Harp Congress.  She is former Chair of the Ninth World Harp Congress Dublin 2005 and the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.


  • Song of Songs, CD Recording, Louth Contemporary Music Society, (2015). World premiere recording of En La Mar Hai Una Torre by Betty Olivero for three voices, viola, cello, percussion and harp with Trio Medieval and Saltarello and Andrew Synnott (conductor). Reviewed in The Guardian (August 2015), The Observer (August 2015), CD of the Week, WQXR New York’s Classical Music Station (October 2015), The Strad (November 2015)
  • Deirdre Gribbin: Island People, CD Recording, NMC (2013). World premiere recording of Anahorish for soprano (Patrica Rozario), String Quartet (Vanbrugh Quartet) and harp. Reviewed in Gramophone, July 2013.
  • Night Music Voice in the Leaves, CD Recording, Louth Contemporary Music Society (2011). World premiere recording of works by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky with The Hilliard Ensemble, EQ Ensemble and Jean Thorel (conductor). Reviewed in Gramophone, November 2012.Solo Recordings for Musical Treasures from the National Library, National Archive of Irish Composers (2010).
  • Ian Wilson Double Trio, CD Recording, Diatribe Recordings (2009). World premiere recording of Double Trio by Ian Wilson. Reviewed in the Journal of Music, 2009.
  • Solo CD Recording: a pale yellow sky, RTÉ LyricFM Label (2008). World premiere recordings of works by contemporary Irish Composers, including Michael Alcorn, John Buckley, Philip Hammond, Jason E Geistweidt, Deirdre McKay, Neil Martin. Funding support received from Dublin Institute of Technology, Music Network, Arts Council. Reviewed in The Journal of Music, 2008.
  • DVD Recording: a pale yellow sky, Queen’s University, Belfast (2005) A DVD of a pale yellow sky: a collaborative ensemble of paintings, mixed media and music by artist, Jean Duncan and composer, Deirdre McKay.
  • Concerto CD Recording: four x four, RTÉ LyricFM (2005). CD recording of Handel Harp Concerto with RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
  • Solo CD Recording: in blue sea or sky, Riverrun Records, May 2003. World premiere recordings of works by Brian Boydell and Ian Wilson. Reviewed in Gramophone, 2003.
  • Choral CD: Capella Caeciliana Cantate Domino, Priory Records (2001).


  • Conference Paper: ‘A Pack of Fancies for a Travelling Harper (1970):  Context, Reception and Performance’, Lecture-Recital, Brian Boydell Centenary Conference, Trinity College Dublin, June 2017.
  • Conference Paper: ‘The Vanbrugh Quartet in Ireland: A Survey of Concert Programmes, Recordings and Collaborations, 1986-2017’, Society of Musicology in Ireland, 15th Annual Plenary Conference, Queen’s University of Belfast, June 2017.
  • Final Report: DIT Teaching Fellowship Award, for ‘Scoring History’ with the Vanbrugh Quartet:  Developing an Online Archive and Teaching Resource.  In collaboration with the Vanbrugh Quartet and the National Concert Hall.   Arrow@DIT, 2017
  • Book Review: Harp StudiesPerspectives on the Irish harp edited by Sandra Joyce & Helen Lawlor, for Béaloideas: The Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society, 2017 (pending publication)
  • Book Review: John S. Beckett: The Man and the Music, by Charles Gannon, for Soundpost, Summer 2016.
  • Conference Paper: ‘The Private Library of Derek Bell (1935-2002): Initial Findings’, Society of Musicology in Ireland, 14th Annual Plenary Conference, St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, June 2016.  
  • Pre-Concert Talk: ‘Composer and Performer Connections’ for ‘Afterlight: Music of Ireland 1890-2015’, National Concert Hall, presented by DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, 2015
  • Public Lecture: ‘Music of the Spheres: The Science in Music’, National Concert Hall Insights Lecture Series 2015
  • National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland Pre-Concert Lectures and Interviews, National Concert Hall, 2009-2017
  • Article: ‘In Memoriam to Gráinne Yeats’, World Harp Congress Review (Fall 2013, Vol. XI, No. 5)
  • Entries on Sheila Larchet Cuthbert, Denise Kelly and Nancy Calthorpe, Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland ed. Barra Boydell & Harry White (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013)¿
  • Lecture-Recital: ‘Contemporary Harp Music: A Performer’s Perspective’, Lecture-Recital, Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland Lecture Series, 2011
  • Lecture-Recital: ‘Contemporary Harp Music: A Performer’s Perspective’, Postgraduate Composition Seminar Series, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2011
  • Lecture: ‘The Role of the ¿Performer in Contemporary Music: Interpreter or Collaborator?’ Keynote Lecture, Postgraduate Conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2010
  • Lecture-Recital: ‘Exploring New Soundscapes: A Lecture Recital of Works for Concert Harp by Composers in Ireland, 2000–2005’, Lecture-Recital, Society of Musicology in Ireland, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, 2007.
  • Article: ‘The Irish Harp Tradition (Part 2)’, World Harp Congress Review (Spring 2005, Vol. VIII, No. 6)
  • Article: ‘The Irish Harp Tradition (Part 1)’, World Harp Congress Review (Fall 2004, Vol. VIII, No. 5)


  • Member of Board of Directors, Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme (funded by U2, the Ireland Funds, local Music Education Partnerships and Department of Education and Skills)
  • Member of Board of Directors, Music Network
  • Member of Corporation and Board of Directors, World Harp Congress
  • Member of Board of Directors, Fishamble Music DAC
  • Committee member for Non-Mainstream Department of Education and Skills funded Music Education, Department of Education and Skills
  • Member of Society of Musicology in Ireland 
  • Working Group, National Forum for Music Performance Research in Ireland
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors, Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland 
  • Former Member of Music Sub-committee, Royal Dublin Society
  • Former Chairman, Ninth World Harp Congress Dublin, 2005 


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