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Miss Enya Doyle, BA Hons (Dunelm), MA by research (York)

Member of the Department of Music

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Enya Doyle is a third year PhD candidate in Music & Theology whose academic interests include linking music with social justice, theology, education, and gender, sex and sexuality. Unsurprisingly then, Enya's thesis is a transdisciplinary study of gender diversity in contemporary Anglican cathedral music. Enya's PhD is informed by primary research carried out in cathedrals across England in 2017/2018 and is funded by the St Matthias Foundation. 

Beyond her thesis, Enya has been on the organising committee for the International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference which took place in London in March 2019. She has chaired the Conference Committee for Church Music & Worship which took place in Durham in April 2018 and the York Conference on Church Music (Feb 2017). Enya has spoken at conferences in the UK and across the world including the First International Conference on Women's Work in Music (Wales, Sept 2017), the BFE / RMA Graduate Students' Conference (Huddersfield, Jan 2018), the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music Annual Conference (North Carolina, USA, Feb 2018), and the Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference (Melbourne, Australia, July 2018). She will present at the Second International Conference on Women's Work in Music in Wales in September 2019.

Enya also dedicates a lot of time to student support as Head of the Music Department Student Mentorship Programme and as a Resident and Pastoral Tutor at St John's College. Enya has provided a variety of workshops on music and mental health at Durham, for the Royal Musical Association, NYCGB, and the University of York. Outside of the university, Enya is an avid tennis player, works for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Follow Enya on twitter: @enyadoyle

Research Interests

  • British choral and cathedral music
  • Music and gender
  • Music and institutions
  • Music and Social Justice
  • Music Theology

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