Ph.D,M.A., B.Mus., B.A., H.Dip(Ed).
Helen Phelan is the founder programme director of the PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland. Commencing in 2009, this is the first doctoral programme of its kind and has pioneered the introduction of structured doctoral level scholarship in arts practice research in Ireland. On her appointment to faculty in 2000 she was made course director of the MA Ritual Chant and Song programme, a position she held for nine years. She also served briefly as the course director of the Graduate Diploma in Music Education during her time as a doctoral scholar, researching Irish liturgical music since the second Vatican council. Her research interests are in the areas of performance studies, ritual studies and ritual song, arts practice research and music education philosophy. Her ritual publications have appeared in Journal of Ritual Studies, Public Voices, Orientalia and Occidentalia and The International Journal of Community Music. More recently, she was invited to include chapters in both the Oxford Handbook of Music Education and theOxford Handbook of Music Education Philosophy. She is co-founder of the female schola, Cantoral, specialising in Irish medieval chant and polyphony. She was also founder director of the Anáil Dé/ Breath of God Festival of World Sacred Music in Limerick in 2000 and is founder-director of Sanctuary, a Higher Education Authority initative supporting the cultural expression of new migrant communities in Ireland. Her administrative roles have included appointments as Academic Co-ordinator, Irish World Academy (1995-1999), Assistance Dean Academic Affairs, College of Humanities (2003-2005), Associate Director, Irish World Academy (2009-2013) and Acting Director (2012). In 2012, she was also appointed the Herbert Allen and Donald R. Keough Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Helen Phelan,
Room No: IW1.16,
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick