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Name Johnstone, Andrew Charles Severin
College Address Music,
House 5, College
Main Department Music
College Title Assistant Professor Part-Time
College Tel +353 1 896 2458
Andrew Johnstone joined the staff of TCD music department in 1992. His research interests include church music of the English Reformation period, polyphonic composition techniques and performing pitch. He is a member of the editorial committee of Early English Church Music, and manages the committee's online database of primary sources ( His major study of the vernacular church music of William Byrd is shortly to be published by Boydell and Brewer. He has served as assistant organist of Dublin's two Anglican cathedrals, and since 2005 has been a regular contributor to the classical music review columns of The Irish Times. In 2010 he became the first person to publish a counterpoint and fugue textbook for the iPhone (Puncta, available from the iTunes app store).
Teaching interests and responsibilities
Musicology (Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque), rudiments, notation, counterpoint and fugue.
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
PhD University of Dublin   The Vernacular Church Music of William Byrd: A Reappraisal of Chronology, Authenticity and Context 27 June 2014
BA Oxford University 1   1988
MA Oxford University     1992
FRCO The Royal College of Organists     1987
PGCE West Sussex Institute of HIgher Education    
Details Date
Member of the editorial committee of Early English Church Music (published by The British Academy) 2011–
Member of the advisory board of Tudor Partbooks (project funded by AHRC) 2014–
Administrative Functions
Details Level Date From Date To
Director of Teaching and Learning (Undergraduate), School of Drama, Film & Music 2006 2008
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Worcester College Society Arts Prize 1988
Limpus Prize 1987
Silver Medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians 1987
Employment Details
Position Held Job Description Where Date From Date To
Lecturer in Music (Part-time)   Trinity College Dublin
Assistant Organist   St Patrick's Cathedral 1989 1995
Assistant Organist   Christ Church Cathedral 1995 2005
Assistant Director of Music   Parish of St Bartholomew, Ballsbridge, Dublin 2015
Research Interests
English church music of the Reformation period Music manuscripts Renaissance polyphonic modes Theory and pedagogy of composition techniques
Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Andrew Johnstone, The Anthems and Services of William Byrd, Woodbridge, Boydell & Brewer, 2016
Andrew Johnstone, “As it Was in the Beginning”: Organ and Choir Pitch in Early Anglican Church Music, Early Music, 31, (4), 2003, p506 - 525
Notes: [Correspondence prompted by this article appeared in vol. 32 (2004), pp 348-9.]
Non Peer Reviewed
Ralph Daniel, Peter le Huray, May Hofman, John Morehen, EECM Primary Source Database, The British Academy, 2014
Andrew Johnstone, A Prayer Politicised: The Sub-Text of William Byrd's Anthem 'O Lord, make thy servant', International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Music, University of Nottingham, July 2012, 2012
Andrew Johnstone, Puncta, 2010, -
Notes: [Undergraduate textbook on counterpoint and fugue, formatted for iPhone and iPod Touch.]
Gerard Gillen and Andrew Johnstone (eds), A Historical Anthology of Irish Church Music, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2001, 1 - 335pp
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Last updated 1 September 2014 (Email).