Dr. Susan O'Regan

Dr. Susan O'Regan

Lecturer in Music History, Music Education, Musicianship Skills, Research Supervisor


Following graduation from UCC with BMus and MA degrees, Susan performed extensively as a harpsichord continuo player and as a piano accompanist. An interest in historical performance practice and in the social history of music led to an investigation of concert history in Cork city, which was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. Subsequent research into the broader social history of music in Cork city during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is the topic of a forthcoming book, which features music in the city’s theatres, churches, amateur musical societies, the music profession and music education, including the establishment of the Cork School of Music in 1878. Her other research interests include music in nineteenth-century Ireland, and the history, policy and curriculum of music education in Ireland.





Susan O’Regan, Music and Society in Cork, 1700-1900 (Cork University Press, February 2018) http://www.corkuniversitypress.com/Music-and-Society-in-Cork-1700-1900-p/9781782052203.htm



Journal articles


Susan O’Regan, ‘ A Vast Speculation: The Cork Grand Musical Meeting of 1826’ Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, vol. 5 (2009-10)



Susan O’Regan, ‘Concert Performers in Cork from 1710 to 1840’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, ser. 2, vol. 114 (2009)



Encyclopaedia articles

Enclyclopaedia of Music in Ireland edited by Harry White and Barra Boydell

 (Dublin: UCD Press, 2013)

 ‘Cork Symphony Orchestra’, ‘Cork Orchestral Society’, ‘West Cork Chamber Music Festival’, ‘Cork – Art Music’, ‘Cork Opera House’, ‘Cork School of Music’, ‘University College, Cork’, ‘Feis Maitiú,’ ‘Robert Bowden,’ ‘Jan Čáp,’ ‘Bridget Doolan’, ‘Séamas de Barra’, ‘Bernard Geary’, ‘Gillespie family,’ ‘Charles Lynch’, Adrian Petcu’, ‘Geoffrey Spratt’,  ‘Declan Townsend’



Conference presentations

‘Improvisation in Third-Level Musicianship Classes: Developing Pedagogical Models’ Society for Music Education in Ireland 7th Annual Conference, Dundalk Institute of Technology, 10-11 November 2017


‘Public music, public good: Music and Cork society in the eighteenth century’ The Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Annual Conference, UCC, Cork, 12-14 June 2015


‘Instrumental and vocal teacher education: some perspectives from CIT Cork School of Music’ Symposium on Instrumental and Vocal Teacher Education (Chair: Mary Lennon, DIT) The Music Education Gathering, 3rd Annual SMEI Conference, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, November 2013


‘Invertible canon? Music at UCC’, Roundtable: Histories of Music in Irish Higher Education, 9th Annual SMI Conference, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, June 2011


‘Mobility and opportunity: three Cork musicians in early nineteenth-century Britain’ First International Conference on Irish Music and Musicians, Music Department, University of Durham, 12-15 July 2010


‘The Education of Instrumental and Vocal Teachers: Defining Teacher Professional Competences’ Polifonia 2nd International Conference, Dublin 16-17 April, 2010


‘The Magraths and the Roches: two Cork musical families of the early nineteenth century’ Society for Musicology in Ireland/ Royal Musical Association joint Annual Conference, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, June 2009


‘Expected by the next London packet:’ the impact of the piano on Cork’s musical culture 1790-1840’ 15th Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, UCD, Dublin, June 2008


‘Music and Musicians: Views of the Cork Press 1800-1840’ SMI 5th Annual Conference, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin, May 2007



Invited lectures/Public talks

‘Town and Gown: The Contribution of Aloys Fleischmann to Cork’s Musical Life’, Aloys Fleischmann Centenary, Festival of Lifelong Learning, Cork City Library, 22 March 2010


 ‘Musical Life in Cork City 1750-1840’, Cork Historical and Archaeological Society Winter Lecture Series 2009, Crawford Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork , 11 November 2009


 ‘Cork: A Musical City’, Festival of Lifelong Learning, Cork City Library, 1 April 2009



Educational Publications

Read and Sing – 50 Irish Songs and Tunes for Classroom Use (Cork: Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór/Association of Irish Choirs, 1989)



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