Sarah studied piano from a young age and received both a BMus degree and an MA (in Computer Music) from NUI Maynooth. Before college, she sang with the Loreto Balbriggan Senior Choir and the Dublin Secondary Schoolgirls Choir, and while at college she performed with the NUIM Choral Society, the Maynooth Gospel Choir and the Park Singers. She has also taught piano, guitar and musicianship in Maynooth, Naas, Straffan and Celbridge. In addition to her administrative work at the New School, Sarah is also Co-ordinator of our busy Outreach Programme, providing information and advice on particular workshops or In-School music courses and responsible for scheduling, contracts and payments. She also works on Waltons World Masters series concerts and co-organises our annual charity concerts.
Mairéad graduated with an Honours BA in Music from UCD. Embarking on a musical path at a young age, she spent her early years singing in RTÉ’s Cór na nÓg and studying piano. During her college years, she was awarded two vocal scholarships, the first with the UCD Choral Scholars under the direction of Dr. Desmond Earley, and the second an academic scholarship in Music. She returned to Blánaid Murphy, who had given her an early appreciation and training in music with Cór na nÓg, when she joined the Dublin Bach Singers as a choir member. After graduation she took the reins of the St. Anne’s Youth Choir in Shankill, Co. Dublin as Musical Director and began teaching music at primary school level. More recently, Mairéad performed extensively with the Celtic Woman Show and recorded a number of CDs and DVDs as well as appearing on several US television programmes. She also toured internationally with Celtic Woman to North America, Asia, South Africa and Europe. Mairéad began working in music administration at the UCD School of Music before joining the New School.
Eoghan Ó Flainn
Eoghan hails from a musical family (he is a nephew of the renowned uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn) and began playing guitar in his early teens. While in school he played in a number of bands spanning many genres, including metal, punk, blues, rock and pop, and he also began studying classical guitar and music theory, achieving a Grade VIII in classical guitar. Eoghan graduated from NUI Maynooth with an honours BA degree in Music and Anthropology and subsequently achieved a Masters degree in Music Composition. His compositions have been performed by many distinguished artists and groups, most notably the Crash Ensemble, and in concerts at Queen’s University Belfast and St. Ann's Church, Dublin. He joins the New School after having been a manager for a tour company for many years, and he continues to play the guitar and compose in a variety of styles.
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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