Teresa O’Donnell, The Music Association of Ireland: A Cultural and Social History (PhD, St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, 2012)

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 Author:  O’Donnell, Teresa 
 Title:  The Music Association of Ireland: A Cultural and Social History 
 Degree, institution:  PhD, St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University 
 Status, year:  accepted, 2012 (2012) 
 Volumes, pp., etc.:  1 (257), 90,000 words 
 Supervisor(s):  Séan MacLiam 
 Repository:  Cregan Library, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 
 General specialism:  Musicology 
 Content, timeframe:  1948-2007 
 Content, key terms:  Concepts:
Music education, arts policy, volunteerism
Music Association of Ireland, Brian Boydell, Olive Smith, Irish Youth Orchestra, Schools Recitals Scheme, Composers' Group, Dublin Twentieth Century Music Festival

A history of the Music Association of Ireland from 1948 to the present day, employing the extensive archives of the MAI stored at the National Library of Ireland to address the changing cultural climate over the period, to delineate the debate on musical identity, national policy and music education. The thesis will focus on postcolonial, political and sociological theories and perspectives with particular emphasis on archival studies.

Considering the first MAI committee comprised of established composers such as Boydell, Deale, Groocock, Fleischmann and May it is unsurprising from the outset that the standing of the composer and the performance and publication of their works would always figure prominently in the activities of the newly established organisation. One of the driving forces of this Association was Olive Smith and her contribution to musical life in Ireland needs to be acknowledged. This study will particularly focus on her dynamic role in the MAI promoting a Schools' Recitals Scheme, a series of concerts organised to promote young Irish singers and instrumentalists and her most notable achievement, the establishment of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Many of the initiatives set up by the MAI, as a voluntary body, now function as separate, professional organisations, for example the Music in Great Irish Houses Festival, Music Network, National Youth Orchestra and Contemporary Music Centre.