Dr. Bridget O'Connell is a lecturer of Music at Waterford Institute of Technology and instrumental teacher for the County Cork ETB School of Music in Ireland. She specializes in fiddle playing and has taught the instrument for decades. She has completed a PhD thesis Fiddle Sound in Newfoundland in the 21st Century and has presented her findings at various conferences throughout Europe and Canada. Dr. O'Connell completed an undergraduate music degree at Waterford Institute of Technology receiving an honors degree and a Bridget Doolan Prize for her performance skills and contribution to the course. She earned a master's degree in fiddle performance at the University of Limerick and performs and teaches regularly in both Waterford and Cork. O'Connell has directed various traditional ensembles at both Waterford Institute of Technology and the County Cork ETB School of Music.