New PhD in Music Composition for Theatre

New PhD in Music Composition for Theatre

A new PhD program has been founded in University College Cork which focuses on exploring the relationship between music, sound and theatre.

Seán Ó’Riada

The new PhD at the School of Music and Theatre in University Collge Cork is supported by the Séan Ó’Riada Scholarship, which will provide funds for a three-year course in Music Composition for Theatre. The scholarship is co-funded by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at UCC with Cork Opera House. The scholarship award honours composer Seán Ó’Riada, who lectured at University College Cork until his death in 1971. Ó’Riada was also music director at the Abbey Theatre for seven years, and authored a play called Spailín a Rúin.

Applicants for the Seán Ó’Riada scholarship must have relevant qualifications as well as experience as a theatre composer through experimental theatre, installation or site specific intermedia projects or traditional theatre and black box productions. The PhD is a practical course that aims to explore the relationship between music and the art of theatre from a collaborative standpoint, with the end result a portfolio of compositions in a range of forms for a range of theatre projects.

Only one scholarship will be awarded under this scheme, to the value of €15,000 per annum, with commencement of the PhD programme to occur in July 2012. The closing date for applications is Friday 1 June 2012.

Published on 24 April 2012

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