Waltons New School of Music - Adminstration Biographies

Administration Biographies

Eimear Kelly

Eimear graduated with a first class honours BA in Music and English from University College Cork. While studying at UCC, she actively participated in the music scene around campus, taking part in both the UCC Choir and the UCC Choral Society. Her keen interest in music began in secondary school, where she was member of the school choir, with which she performed in various music competitions around the country. She also played piano in the local church as part of an ensemble with her fellow music students, and received music awards for her academic achievements in her Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. years. Eimear has studied both singing and guitar, although piano remains her principal instrument. She received a distinction in the Grade 8 piano exam with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2012.

David Mooney

Dave hails from south Dublin, but his musical pursuits have led him far and wide. He holds a BMus degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with such world-renowned musicians and composers as John Lockwood and Joseph Smith, and also holds a diploma in Jazz Performance from the Guildhall School of Music in London. Dave has performed and recorded with a vast and varied array of artists. He has completed two successful European tours with Gavin Friday and has also performed with Sinéad O'Connor, Sarah Brightman, Jeff Ramsey (Al Jarreau Group), Dick Evans (formerly of the Virgin Prunes), Sarah Brindell, Honor Heffernan, the Young European Strings, Stambandet (a Scandinavian folk group) and many more. He was one of the founding members of the established New England jazz ensemble 3D4tet, and he has had many successful international tours including the Balkans, where he led his own jazz quartet and brought together top jazz musicians from Macedonia, Croatia and Serbia. Dave has performed widely in Ireland, and he was chosen to represent Ireland at the IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz) conference and concert in London. He has extensive experience as a music educator both in the US and Ireland, and he also teaches double bass and bass guitar at the New School, as well as directing our two Jazz Ensembles and teaching guitar for our Outreach Programme.

Sarah Walsh

Originally from Co. Mayo, Sarah graduated with a BA in Music and Sociology and a BMus from University College Dublin before moving to Leeds to complete a Masters in Music and Management. She has had a passion for music from a young age, with a particular interest in somewhat unusual percussion, joining a handbell ringing choir as a child and a number of Javanese Gamelan ensembles while studying in Dublin. While at the University of Leeds, Sarah volunteered at Leeds Music Hub, the focal point of music education and performance in Leeds, and also set up her own Gamelan group, teaching the tradition to students with varied musical backgrounds as well as performing with the University of York’s Gamelan Sekar Petak. In addition to her work as an administrator at the New School (she also coordinates Waltons World Masters Series concerts), Sarah is currently a member of the National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra.


Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.

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