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Lark McIvor is a composer and musicologist with a Masters in Music Composition from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Musicology from the University of Edinburgh. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Creative Music Practice at the University of Edinburgh. McIvor is passionate about cultural representation in contemporary classical music and new methods of incorporating informed ethnomusicological compositional practices.


Her work incorporates ethnomusicological research, graphic notation and experimental composition and has been performed and exhibited through the Royal Scottish Academy’s Annual Exhibition (2021) her research has been widely presented at a number of conferences, including the collaborative postgraduate research seminar between the UK’s Royal Musical Association (RMA) and the Netherlands’ Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (KVNM). McIvor has a publication in Oxford Early Music and has a forthcoming article following her presentation at Composition & Research Symposium at GMPU in Klagenfurt. She was awarded multiple grants for her research; including the Student Experience Grant (Innovation Initiative Grants 2020) and the Festival of Creative Learning Award (FCL 2019).


PhD in Creative Music Practice

The University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh, UK - 2019 

  • Researches contemporary opera with the advisory assistance of Dr James Cook and Dr Gareth Williams.

  • Thesis: "We Know What We Are, But Know Not What We May Be.”: An Examination of Contemporary Alternative Operas Performed in the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Creative Impetus of Audience-Driven Composition.

MMus in Musicology

The University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh, UK - 2019

  • Studied musicology with the support of James Cook. 

  • Thesis: Ireland As We Would Have Her: Irish National Celticism and Medievalism as Musical Characterisation in Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells.

MPhil in Music Composition

Trinity College Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - 2018

  • Studied composition with the support of Evangelia Rigaki

  • Thesis "The Neoteric Songstress: Lyrical Contemporary Vocal Music"

Bachelors of Music

University of Lethbridge - Alberta, Canada - 2016

  • Studied Composition under Thilo Schaller and Arlan Schultz

  • Studied Opera Vocal Studies under Janet Youngdahl,

       Sandra Stringer and John Conlon

Seminars and Workshops

KVNM-RMA Postgraduate Symposium | 2021

Irish Celticism and Cultural Representation in Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea: A Model for Cultural Expression and Study in Music.

United Kingdom and the Netherlands

*COVID-19 Virtual delivery

Opera Writer's Week | Student Experience Grant | 2021/22

Workshop designed to support early career opera librettists, composers, and costume designers through collaboration with industry professionals.

MedRen | University of Edinburgh | 2020

A Question of Symbolism: Should Notational and Transcription Methods of Neumatic Music be Revised? 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

*COVID-19 Virtual delivery

Music and Death | Progressive Connections | 2020 

See Conference Programme

Remember Me, in Your Stories and in Your Songs": Irish Celticism as Cultural Remembrance in Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea.

Prague, Czech Republic

Festival of Creative Learning: Collective Sounds of Happy Places | 2020 

Virtual public workshop teaching graphic notation, applied to videos of participants ‘happy places’ in lockdown, then performed by members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and edited into a concert video of experiences of happiness in contemporary notation. 

2010 - present
2010 - present
Professional Memberships
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