I conduct construction, craftsmanship, and historical use analysis of musical instruments, focusing primarily on the harps of Ireland and Scotland. My expertise is in non-invasive techniques, utilizing 20+ years of experience in scientific imaging, and an interdisciplinary background in STEM and music. I studied at the University of Edinburgh, earning a MMus in musical instrument research followed by a PhD in music (organology). I also have a BS in physics from the University of Connecticut, and an MA in astronomy from Wesleyan University.
I am Assistant Director of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland and its programmes:
ONLINE ACADEMY — Acadamh na gCláirseach–Academy of Early Irish Harp. Courses taught by international experts. All levels.
SUMMER FESTIVAL — Scoil na gCláirseach–Festival of Early Irish Harp. Onsite in Kilkenny, Ireland and LIVE online. Workshops, concerts, talks, social occasions and more.
DISCOVERY DAYS — Hear, learn about, and try a copy of a historical Irish harp at public outreach events around Ireland. Listen, Learn, and Have a Go!
My recent work as an organologist includes a project for the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, to study the Hollybrook harp at the National Museum of Ireland, and create an open access data set of images, 3D scans, and construction information. Visit the Hollybrook harp project page for more information.
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