Franziska Schroeder


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Franziska Schroeder is a saxophonist, theorist, and a Reader at the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen's University Belfast. She is a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy in the UK). She serves on the peer review panel for the UK's AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and is a registered expert for the EU's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

Franziska was awarded her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2006, and has since written for many international journals, including Leonardo, Organised Sound, Performance Research, Cambridge Publishing and Routledge. She has published a book on performance and the threshold, an edited volume on user-generated content and in 2014 a book on improvisation entitled "Soundweaving".

Franziska has performed with many international musicians including Joan La Barbara, Pauline Oliveros, Stelarc, the Avatar Orchestra, and Evan Parker. Franziska has released two CDs on the creative source label, a CD with Slam records, and a 2015 album (entitled 'Barely Cool" with improvisors from Brazil) on the pfmentum label.

Franziska is on the steering committee for the DRHA (Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts) conference, for which she was the Program Chair in 2010. She was the Artistic Director of the 2012 and the 2016 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, and is the initiator for the annual symposium series that runs alongside the Sonorities Festival.

Franziska was an AHRC Research Fellow between 2007-2009, where she investigated network performance environments. In 2013 Franziska was awarded 1 of 5 prestigious HEA Prof Sir Ron Cooke International Fellowships to carry out ethnographic work on improvisation in Brazil. In 2016 A Santander Mobility Scholarship extended her ethnographic enquiry into free improvisation practices into Portugal.


Research Statement

Franziska' research interests include the intersection of critical theory and digital performance, the role of the body in the age of technological change, as well as free improvisation practices.


BMus and BA Performance Module Convenor for Performance Modules.
School of Arts, English and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast. All academic and administrative tasks.

Head of the Music Performance Programme, guiding over 145 performance students and liaising with around 40 tutors instrumental specialists and several community organisations.



Languages: German (native), Portuguese (fluent), French (Baccalaureat, 1992)

Kodály musicianship training: 1995 - 1998 and 2008 Intensive summer course

Advanced Video and Audio Editing Skills


Music, Yoga, Bike and Food

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Projects 2006 2019

Research Output 2005 2019

EMBRACE - a VR piece about disability and inclusion (2018)

Schroeder, F., 15 Aug 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access

How we’re designing musical instruments with the help of disabled musicians and VR

Schroeder, F. & Meireles, M., 15 Jan 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access


Performing Arts
Creative Arts

Arts Council of Northern Ireland - New Work Commission Grant (£4k)

Franziska Schroeder (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Music Performance
Performance Study

Activities 2005 2019

NI Science Festival 2019

Franziska Schroeder (Organiser)
23 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Invited Panel Member, Performer and Presenter at Exploratorium Berlin/Germany. Theme: "Improvising with the Other"

Franziska Schroeder (Invited speaker)
01 Feb 201904 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Disability and the Arts: Rights and Pathways of Support for Artists

Franziska Schroeder (Organiser), Victoria Durrer (Organiser), Paula Larkin (Organiser)
01 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Franziska Schroeder (Contributor)
28 Oct 201802 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

Female Laptop Orchestra (UK), Women in Music Tech (USA), WoNoMute (Norway), Sonora (Brazil) Yorkshire Sound Women Network (UK)

Franziska Schroeder (Host)
19 Nov 201824 Nov 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting of external, non-academic visitor

Press / Media

Taran's Free Jazz Hour June 2018

Franziska Schroeder


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Being Human Festival interview on Belfast 89FM

Franziska Schroeder


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Being Human - a festival of the humanities (Northern Ireland Hub)

Franziska Schroeder (Participant), David Grant (Participant), Kurt Taroff (Participant), Cahal McLaughlin (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Alex Murray (Participant), Sian Barber (Participant), Paul Murphy (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact

Concert at Berlin Improvisation Research Group (BIRG)

Franziska Schroeder (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Cultural Impact

Distributed Listening – socially engaged art

Franziska Schroeder (Participant), Pedro Rebelo (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Societial Impact

Performance Without Barriers - Designing inclusive music technologies to transform lives of disabled musicians

Franziska Schroeder (Participant), Koichi Samuels (Participant), Alex Lucas (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Health Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Societial Impact

Sonic Art for Public Ears - Enabling Children as Designers

Franziska Schroeder (Participant)

Impact: Societial Impact, Cultural Impact


Queer Identity in Performance in Northern Ireland Dissemination

Author: Rea, N., Jul 2016

Supervisor: McMullan, A. (Supervisor), Campbell, A. (Supervisor), Phelan, M. (Supervisor) & Schroeder, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The Roles of Gesture in Piano Teaching and Learning

Author: Simones, L., Jul 2015

Supervisor: Schroeder, F. (Supervisor) & Rodger, D. M. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy