Waltons New School of Music - Adminstration Biographies

Administration Biographies

Simon Nugent

Simon graduated with a BMus degree from University College Dublin, followed by a Masters degree in Musicology (both with first class honours). He has presented at conferences throughout Ireland and the UK, including the Royal Musical Association Research Students' Conference and the Society for Musicology in Ireland Postgraduate and Annual Plenary Conferences on film music and music and audiovisual culture. He has also tutored at UCD School of Music, where he taught modules on music and film, Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, and theory and analysis of tonality. Simon obtained honours Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Keyboard from the Victoria College of Music, London, in 2007 and 2009 respectively. He has sung with the UCD Philharmonic Choir and currently sings with Laetare Vocal Ensemble.

Orla Smith

Orla started playing the violin at a young age and was classically trained to Grade VIII. As a member of the Dublin Youth Orchestras, she performed regularly at the National Concert Hall and a number of other venues around Ireland. Orla spent several years travelling and working in Africa, Australia, Canada, South America and Southeast Asia (where she performed traditional music for the Irish Ambassador to Malaysia and the Malaysian Royal Family in Kuala Lumpur), before returning to Ireland to study music at the Dundalk Institute of Technology. She graduated from DKIT with a BA Honours Degree in Music, specialising in Education and Community Music, and has a passion for volunteer work with music outreach programmes.

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 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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