Dr Amanda Feery

PhD, M.Phil, BA

Contact Details

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E: Amanda.Feery@nuigalway.ie
 
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Biography

Amanda Feery is a composer working with acoustic, electronic, and improvised music, having written for chamber and vocal ensembles, film, theatre, installation, and multimedia. Graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Music in 2006, she continued her studies in Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin, completing an M.Phil in 2009. Amanda was the Mark Nelson Fellow in Music at Princeton University, completing her PhD in Music Composition in 2019. Her research focused on Kate Bush’s song suite, The Ninth Wave. Whilst in the U.S, she formed collaborative relationships with a number of ensembles and musicians including Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Mise-en, Bearthoven, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and cellist Amanda Gookin. Closer to home, past collaborators include Crash Ensemble, RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, This is How We Fly, Chamber Choir Ireland, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Paul Roe, Michelle O’Rourke, and Lina Andonovska. Her work has featured at New Music Dublin, First Fortnight Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival, among others, and she has been composer-in-residence at Bang on a Can Summer Festival, SOUNDscape and Greywood Arts. Her 2019 residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais focused on recording piano improvisations on public pianos in Paris. Recent projects include works for National Sawdust’s Hildegard Commission, Spilt Milk Festival, Music Network’s ‘Butterfly Sessions’, and Tadhg O’Sullivan’s film To the Moon. Upcoming projects include works for Chamber Choir Ireland, Cork Midsummer Festival, and Kaleidoscope Night, and the premiere of A Thing I Cannot Name, an opera commissioned by Irish National Opera with libretto by writer, Megan Nolan. Future projects include 5-60 second micro pieces for Fiachra Garvey and Sebastian Adams and an opera for flute for Lina Andonovska.

Research Interests

Acoustic Composition; Electro-Acoustic Composition; Film Music; Opera; Polystylism; Improvisation; Synthesis

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2020 Ball State Symphony Band Commission Award Ball State University
2020 Music Bursary Award Arts Council of Ireland
2018 Third Coast Percussion Composer Partnership Third Coast Percussion
2016 Theodore Front Prize for Orchestral Music International Alliance for Women in Music
2016 Sean O'Riada Prize for Choral Music Cork International Choral Festival
2013 Jerome Hynes Emerging Composer Award National Concert Hall
2012 Naumberg Fellowship Princeton University
2009 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composer Award West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2019 Princeton University PhD Music Composition
2006 Trinity College Dublin BA Music
2009 Trinity College Dublin M.Phil Music and Media Technologies

Teaching Interests

My Teaching Philosophy
My teaching objectives are centred on each student being attuned to the process of composition, not solely the product. This involves a student discovering their own voice and aesthetic, but I also aim to develop their understanding that creativity is a developing process. It involves peaks and troughs, with different definitions and ways in which a work demonstrates originality that is not exclusively related to the notion of innovation. I strive for a learning experience that respects the intuitions of each student, encouraging them to think about their artistic endeavors, to give significance to their life experiences and their preferences in music, art, technology, etc. My course design allows for the acquisition of an ever-widening musical knowledge, a diverse set of tools and techniques to serve personal expression and to solve some of the rational problems of day-to-day composing. I see the classroom as a learning community of creators, which includes myself, and where we can each share in the evolution of our musical thinking, discoveries, influences, and progress. I am strongly committed to an inclusive pedagogy; a polystylistic approach that utilises strengths from a multitude of styles to create a working knowledge for students in how music can be put together. I promote the idea that music theory is descriptive, not prescriptive, and I consider students of different musical backgrounds a strength in the classroom.

Teaching Interests
Music Composition; Music Technology; Film Music; Scoring and Arranging; Opera; Music History; Women in Popular Music; Irish Traditional Music; Folk Song; Punk Music; Radio

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2021 Music Project MU3105
2021 The Practice and Exploration of the Creative Arts DT2113
2021 Introduction to Sound Technology MU2107
2021 Music History 2 MU2108