Jennifer Walshe appointed as new Professor of Composition

The Faculty of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Walshe as the new Professor of Composition in association with Worcester College.  Professor Walshe’s research output is widely seen as trailblazing in the overlapping fields of composition, performance, video and text, resulting in works for orchestras and ensembles; musical compositions created and disseminated by, through and ‘about’ the internet; a host of new projects created using artificial intelligence; and a completely fictional history of avant-garde music and art in Ireland. The radical nature of Professor Walshe’s work has meant that it defies categorization within the contemporary classical music world; her work is equally heralded at the Darmstadt Summer Courses; the Bang on a Can Music Marathon in New York; concert halls such as the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Teatro Farnese; and festivals ranging from the Proms to All Tomorrow’s Parties.

Professor Walshe is also recognised for her academic leadership, through her co-direction of Campus Gegenwart at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, where she co-designed the MA in the Theory & Practice of Experimental Performance; her long experience teaching at international summer schools including the Darmstadt Summer Courses, La Biennale di Venezia and Ostrava Days; her Sound Salon talks series at Somerset House Studios in London, and her biweekly radio column “Things Know Things” for RTÉ Lyric FM in Ireland, which explores kinship between human and non-human beings. Her research and teaching also focus on gender and sexuality, and she is committed to widening participation and advocating for LGBTQ2+ students.

Further information about Jennifer’s work and career is available on her website: