She was appointed Head of Composition at Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2001 and has wide experience of teaching from beginners to doctoral level. She has acted as external examiner for both undergraduate and postgraduate composition at Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Academy of Music and WIT. She has also been involved with composition outreach educational workshops and advanced composers’ composition projects during 2012, 2013. She was appointed as one of the Course Directors of the IMRO Summer School of Composition in 2014 and will be for the 2016 course. In 2001, 2010 and 2011, she was on the adjudicator’s panel for the Guido d’Arezzo Composers’ Composition Competition in Italy. She has curated concerts for the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland in 2011, 2012, the Association of Irish Composers in May 2016 and a retrospective concert of her work at The Carlow Arts Festival in June 2016. She has also been on many discussion panels involving composition.
Her cello and tape piece Syzygy has been reviewed in Musicology Review Vol 6 and her Trinity Fanfare for two trumpets and organ is published by Prairie Dawg Press, New York. Her two choral works Dead Earth and Sanctus are due to be published by Sulasol Press. Several of her works are now published by the French company, Babel Scores Online. Her trio bassoon piece Rí Rá is also due to be published by Prairie Dawg Press. She is listed in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland UCD Press.
Her music has been widely performed both in Ireland and abroad and she has received many broadcasts of her work by radio stations across the globe. One of her earliest works Étude, for piano (1994), was selected for that year’s International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, an honour that was to be repeated with 2004’s orchestral work Scorched Earth, and in 2015 with Diffractions for orchestra, in Slovenia. She was a featured composer in the 2007 Horizons concert series, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Robert Houlihan, performing three of her orchestral works. She has the distinction of being selected for the ISCM World Music Days in consecutive years with Akanos, for orchestra (Lithuania, 2008) and Stabat Mater, for 17 voices a cappella (Växjö, Sweden, 2009).
She has won various prestigious competitions, notably the RTE Young Musician Of The Future (Composers’ class,) in 1994, the Sligo International Festival Composers’ Competition, in 1999 and the St. John’s Memorial University Award, Waterford and Newfoundland in 2003. She received a “most distinguished musician and special mention” at the IBLA International Foundation Competition in 2016, among others.
She has received commissions and performances, notably from Concorde and Jane O’Leary, (who have championed her music both in Ireland and abroad, receiving four commissions from this ensemble), the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia (UK), the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Orchestre De Lorraine, France, pianists Cheryl Pauls (Canada) and Slawomir Zubrzycki (Poland), Matthew Schellhorn, (UK), David Bremner, (UK), soprano Elizabeth Hilliard, the Chamber Choir Ireland, the Bruce Gbur Bassoon Ensemble (USA), the Tampere Raw Ensemble (Finland), trombonist Barrie Webb, BlackHair (UK), the Sepia Ensemble (Poland), flautist Joe O’Farrell, cellist Martin Johnson, (principal, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra), Palomar Ensemble (USA) with both Arachnid, and then Interstices performed in Feb. 2013, among others.
She has attended many composition courses over the years, studying with Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Harvey, Louis Andriessen, Kaija Saariaho and Boguslaw Schaeffer to name but a few.
Both Scorched Earth and Akanos have been broadcast widely throughout the world, and she was the subject of an in-depth profile on Swiss Radio in 2008 and a programme of her major orchestral pieces was aired by Slovenian Radio in 2009 and by Bernard Clarke of Nova, RTE Lyric FM in 2015.
Horizons Series 2015 featured two orchestral works: Diffractions (2014) and Excursions and Ascents, (2014), a cello concerto for Martin Johnson, which were performed by the RTE NSO, conductor, Gavin Maloney.
Two of her pieces: Sextet Uno and Rational Option Insanity, have been recorded by the Concorde Ensemble, on the Black Box label in 1999. Her Soundscape for violin, cello, percussion and tape, was issued on CD by the Avantgarde Akademie in Schwaz, Austria in 1996. Akanos was included on the CD Contemporary Music from Ireland, Vol 7 (CMC). Her piece Calorescence, (2013), for piano is released on the new CMC label: New Music: New Ireland Vol. 2. The Gothic CD released by the pianist Mary Dullea includes her piece Étude.
Phonology Garden and Eternity Is Now, recorded by soprano Elizabeth Hilliard, is released on the Metier Label. Her portrait CD Akanos is out on the Navona label Cat: NV5943 by PARMA Recordings Llc, since February 2014.
Her music has been performed in the UK, Poland, France, and Japan during 2015. Other performances are due to take place in Cyprus, UK and US during 2016/17.
She is represented by the CMC Ireland, AIC, IMRO, IAWM, (International Alliance for Women in Music,) Donne In Musica and is a member of Aosdána, Ireland’s organisation of creative artists.