Waltons New School of Music - Faculty Biographies

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Michael Behan

Guitar, Theory

Michael BehanMichael holds a BMus degree and a Higher Diploma in Education, both from Trinity College Dublin. He has been playing guitar for over 25 years and has performed in a variety of genres, including jazz, classical, rock and blues. Michael is very active on the Dublin jazz scene, playing with his own quartet in clubs including Le Circ and the International Bar, and accompanying singers in venues such as the Supper Club in the Burlington Hotel and Café en Seine on Dawson Street. He also accompanied the late New York jazz singer Herb Dade in the RTÉ television documentary Mono in 2004, has played regularly with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and has supported the acclaimed American band, The Jazz Crusaders. Michael has taught at the New School since 2005.

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Sarah Brady

Voice

Sarah was a scholarship student at the Schola Cantorum, St. Finian’s College, before studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the guidance of renowned voice teacher Mary Brennan, receiving a BA in Vocal Studies with First Class Honours. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Music Performance at the RIAM. Sarah has performed at Wigmore Hall in London for the 1916 Commemorations; in London and New York in Drums & Guns, a song project in collaboration with The Julliard School of Music in New York and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London; for The Ireland US Council in New York on St. Patrick’s Day; and in Estonia as part of a cultural exchange. Her operatic roles include Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sicle in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo, Novice in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea. An experienced singer of oratorio, she has performed many works by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Britten. She is also a multiple competition prize winner, having won the Trench Bursary, the Navan Young Opera Voice Competition, the Gaiety Bursary, the Irené Sandford Bursary and the Briscoe Cup for Student of the Year at the RIAM. Upcoming engagements include a recital in the Hugh Lane Gallery and the title role in the premiere of Siobhán Cleary’s new opera Vampirella in Spring 2017. Along with her own postgraduate studies, Sarah is involved with the RIAM Teaching Network and teaches a wide range of vocal styles both privately and at the New School.

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Marta Burns

Voice, Piano, Singing & Pre-Instrumental outreach courses

Born in Poland, Marta began learning piano at the age of six and later pursued vocal studies. After graduating from the National Music School with teaching diplomas in voice and piano, she studied for an honours MA in Musicology at Adam Mickievicz University in Poznan and at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, also travelling around Romania and the Ukraine as an ethnomusicologist to take field recordings and transcribe indigenous folk music. After graduating, she came to Dublin and continued her vocal studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, receiving a Diageo Ireland scholarship. At the RIAM she studied with both Kathleen Tynan, head of the Vocal faculty, and Dr. Veronica Dunne, and more recently she has also studied with the world-renowned soprano Barbara Bonney in Austria and Janice Chapman in London. In addition, she has studied advanced Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique, which she finds highly beneficial for both her performing and teaching practice. Marta has sung widely in Ireland and has performed for Dublin City Council, Cork City Council, the Polish Embassy, Polish-Irish Society, the Chinese Embassy and Chinese Network Ireland, among others. She has also worked as a voice-over artist for radio, is active as a singer-songwriter and composer and is currently working on her first album. Marta is a member of the European Piano Teachers Association, Kodály Society of Ireland, Society for Music Education in Ireland and Society for Musicology in Ireland. She has taught at the New School since 2006 and is also on the faculty of the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama.

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John Clarke

Guitar, Songwriting, Introducing Guitar for Adults, Songwriting Fundamentals for Teens
   Guitar and Songwriting outreach courses

John Clarke

John has been involved in music all his life, and his interests and skills are wide-ranging – including classical, jazz, folk and contemporary music. As a guitarist and teacher for over twenty years, he has played and taught everything from Bach to the Beatles, and Eric Clapton to Radiohead. As a songwriter and teacher, he has worked as artist-in-residence in both primary and post-primary schools and has collaborated with students to develop ten complete album projects – including writing, recording, production and concert performances. He has also facilitated several songwriting workshops with adults. John has worked extensively as a musician both in Ireland and abroad, supporting such well-known acts as Honor Heffernan and Jimmy McCarthy. His own work has been broadcast widely on RTÉ radio and many local stations around the country, and he has written and produced two albums of music and poetry for the Dundalk poet Patrick Boyle. John holds a BA (Hons) degree, a Higher Diploma in Education (PGDE) and a Masters in Theatre Studies. He has taught guitar and songwriting at the New School since 2013.

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Janyce Condon

Voice

Janyce CondonBorn in Dublin, Janyce has a Masters degree in performance from the Opera Studio at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where she was awarded a scholarship for three years to study with tenor Eduardo Giménez. She also has a BA in English and Classical Civilization from University College Dublin and an HDipEd from Trinity College Dublin. While at the Liceu, Janyce sang in many productions, galas and recitals, including the Zarzuela, La Contadina in Corte by Boccherini and La Clementina by Sacchini. After Barcelona, Janyce began singing for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, first as a member of their chorus, then progressing to covering main roles. She went on to perform main roles for several opera companies in Britain and Ireland – including Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, Erste Dama in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea and Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare – as well as numerous oratorios and recitals. Janyce also enjoys collaborating with artists in other fields, including Ulla von Brandenberg for the ‘tableau vivant’ Chorspiel; Jessie Jones for films such as Sleepwalker, based on La Somnambula by Bellini; and more recently The Prosperity Project, devising a piece commissioned by the Office of Public Works. She has extensive teaching experience and is currently a vocal tutor at NUI Maynooth, in addition to teaching at the New School since 2005.

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Kevin Corcoran

Piano, Theory

Kevin holds a BMus degree with First Class Honours from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where he studied composition and piano, achieving success in several competitions on a national level. He has also worked extensively in the popular music field as a session piano and keyboard player for different groups and artists, both live and in the recording studio. Kevin has six years of piano teaching experience – privately and in several music schools – and in 2014 he was selected by RTÉ lyric fm to be resident piano teacher in the lyric fm tent at Electric Picnic. As a composer, he has written pieces for a range of instruments and ensembles, including solo piano, various piano trios, voice, solo flute, choir, string quartet, brass ensemble and orchestra. In 2015, his choral piece Sleep Now, O Sleep Now, set to a James Joyce poem, was selected for a performance reading by Chamber Choir Ireland at the Cork Choral Festival. Kevin also works as an arranger and has written string and brass arrangements for artists working in several different genres. He has recently branched out to soundtrack composition, collaborating on an app-based video game to be released later this year.

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Sarah Cunningham

Piano

Sarah studied piano from a young age, and she went on to complete both a BMus degree and an MA (in Computer Music) from NUI Maynooth. She was awarded first-class honours for her MA thesis Music as Perceptual Experience: On Perception, Influences and Challenges. While at college she sang with the NUIM Choral Society and the Park Singers, under Seán Creamer, and she was a founder member of the Maynooth Gospel Choir. Sarah has performed at the National Concert Hall, University Concert Hall in Limerick, the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork and for President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin. She began teaching during her undergraduate study, and she has taught piano and theory/musicianship to children and adults privately as well as in primary, secondary and music schools for a number of years. In addition to her teaching work, Sarah was also Co-ordinator of Waltons New School of Music’s extensive Outreach Programme for six years and is currently Programmes Administrator with Music Network.

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Barbara Dagg

Piano, Theory

Barbara DaggA graduate of Trinity College Dublin (B.Mus., H.Dip.Ed.), Barbara studied piano with Rhona Marshall at the RIAM in Dublin and Eleonore Wunderlich in Düsseldorf. She studied organ with Peter Sweeney and Gerard Gillen, with Ludwig Doerr at the State Conservatory in Freiburg, and with Almut Rössler in Dusseldorf, completing the Rhineland State Examination in Church Music with Distinction in piano. She also studied harpsichord with John Beckett at the RIAM and harpsichord continuo with David Roblou in London. A keen pianist and piano accompanist, Barbara also teaches piano at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. In 2012 she received an MA (with Distinction) in instrumental teaching (piano) from the University of Reading, having conducted research into piano sight-reading processes for her dissertation, and in February 2013 she gave a presentation on her MA research project to the Oxford Piano Group (an interest group of piano educators) at St. Hilda’s College Oxford. Barbara has given organ solo recitals at many venues in Ireland, England, Germany and Australia. During three years as Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, she performed liturgically and in concerts at cathedrals and churches across Ireland and the UK, and in broadcasts for RTÉ radio and television and BBC Radio 3. She was also Assistant Sub Organist for five years at St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin. As an organ and harpsichord continuo player, she has appeared across Ireland with orchestras and early-music ensembles. In particular, she performed half of all organ continuo parts in the Orchestra of St. Cecilia’s project, completed in 2010, to present all 200 church cantatas of J.S. Bach over ten annual concert series in Dublin. Other works performed with OSC have included Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem. Barbara has taught at the New School since 2011.

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Aoife Desmond

Irish Fiddle, Introducing Irish Fiddle, Irish Fiddle outreach courses

Aoife began playing music at an early age. She received a Higher National Diploma in Traditional Music Performance from Ballyfermot College of Further Education, where she studied under the direction of Paul McGrattan and was taught by renowned musicians such as Michelle O’Brien and Paul Kelly. She also completed a TTCT Diploma teacher training course with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Aoife has been teaching fiddle and tin whistle for over ten years and teaches in numerous schools around Tallaght and west Dublin, at Áras Chrónain (where she was musical director in 2012-2013), at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and at the Des Carty School of Music. She has worked with a number of youth projects through the Des Carty School of Music for which she composed music for traditional youth ensembles and performed in arts centres around West Dublin, and she regularly facilitates music workshops for young children in schools, libraries and arts centres throughout Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow. Aoife is a regular session musician and performer around Dublin and her home county of Kerry. She not only plays traditional Irish music but has broadened her repertoire to include playing and performing with rock and folk rock bands such as India9Nine. Aoife has taught at the New School since 2014.

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Lenka Dobai

Piano

Lenka Dobai

Originally from Slovakia and living in Dublin for the last ten years, Lenka started music at an early age, singing from the age of three and playing piano from the age of five. She studied classical music, piano and spinet as an undergraduate at Kosice State Conservatory and than earned a Masters in Musicology from Comenius University in Bratislava (her thesis was on the music and sound of Frank Zappa). During her studies she began teaching piano and has continued her teaching practice since moving to Dublin. Lenka is also a member of the vocal ensemble Silver Kites, which focuses on new and experimental music. Their aim is to perform an exciting and diverse range of vocal and interdisciplinary work and to take choral music to places it simply hasn't gone before. She has taught at the New School since 2012.

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Peter Dobai

Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder

Originally from Slovakia and also living in Dublin for the past ten years, Peter started music study at the age of ten, beginning with clarinet and then going on to classical oboe as an undergraduate at Bratislava State Conservatory. After completing his studies at the Conservatory with an honours degree, Peter decided to concentrate on the saxophone, with a particular focus on jazz. Since there was no jazz school in Slovakia, he came to Dublin and earned an honours BA in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre. Peter went on to receive a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama – and while there he was exposed, through direct tuition and masterclasses, to such jazz luminaries as David Liebman, Steve Coleman, David Binney and Lionel Loueke. Peter is very active on the Irish and international jazz scene with his own band Kavorka, and he has also performed with several Irish groups, including Conor Guilfoyle`s jazz conclave, Umbra, and the Dublin Gospel Choir. He also works as a session musician and arranger, collaborating with such groups as The Stunning, The Friendly Fires, Superfly and The Swing Cats. Peter has extensive experience teaching saxophone, clarinet and recorder to students of all ages – and at all skill levels – in both Slovakia and Ireland.

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Niall Donnelly

Let's Write a Song! and Songwriting & Music Production outreach workshops

Niall hails from Bray, Co. Wicklow and has been a professional musician for over 25 years, having worked with a number of bands as front man, guitarist and principal songwriter. He first came to prominence as a songwriter after being selected to write material that ended up as part of Even Deeper’s debut EP on U2’s Mother Records label. This led to Niall setting up his own band, Alligator, in the early 90s, which recorded an album with Leo Pearson, U2's producer. Alligator's next incarnation was a band called Sixteen Layers, with songs co-written by Niall and Wayne Hector of Sony ATV (responsible for writing 'Flying Without Wings' among other songs. Their first single, 'Torch', released in the mid-00’s, went to the top 20 in the UK indie charts. Since then Niall has been working independently with numerous artists – including Luán Parle, Scott Maher and Springbreak – and he has shared the stage with Declan O'Rourke, Snow Patrol and Sharon Shannon, among others. Niall is a dynamic performer and teacher, and a creative goldmine; there's never a dull moment when he’s about!

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Leanne Doyle

Violin, Introducing Violin for for Children

Leanne began studying violin at the age of six with the Young European Strings School of Music, subsequently taking up piano as a second instrument, and she was awarded a scholarship to study violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. While a student, she won a number of prizes in Ireland’s Feis Ceoil and frequently performed in the National Concert Hall, both solo and as a member of the RIAM Symphony Orchestra. Leanne went on to study at Trinity College Dublin, where she received a BA in Music Education, specialising in performance, and she also holds an ARIAM diploma in instrumental teaching. She recently completed a Masters degree in Music Therapy at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Leanne has a great passion for teaching and has extensive experience teaching both privately and at music schools throughout Ireland and Canada, to students of all ages. Her training in both music education and music therapy has allowed her to tailor her approach to the requirements of each student. She also works with both children and adults with special needs and offers music therapy as well as regular instrumental classes. Although her teaching is founded on classical principles, her approach is flexible and incorporates a range of genres, including Irish traditional, pop and rock, among others. Leanne has performed in venues throughout Europe and North America and currently performs and records with several bands and instrumental groups.

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Elena Elioutina

Violin, Viola, Introducing Violin for Adults, Introducing Violin for for Children

Elena ElioutinaA native of Russia, Elena received her Diploma in orchestral playing and violin teaching, with distinction, from Voronezh State College of Music, as well as a BA in Music Performance, specialising in orchestral string instruments, from Voronezh State Institute of the Arts. She has continued with postgraduate studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Professor Eyal Kless. In Russia Elena taught violin to students from beginner to diploma level, as well as youth violin ensembles. With extensive experience in children’s music education, she currently teaches violin to children from four years up at several Dublin-area schools, in addition to her work teaching both children and adults at the New School since 2003.

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Brian Fleming

Sounds African outreach workshop

Brian FlemingSince graduating from UCD in 1991 with a BA in psychology, Brian has given numerous percussion workshops to schools, community groups and universities, including UCD, UCC, TCD and Ballyfermot VEC – and he has been invited to give workshops and presentations in Cuba, the US and Singapore. In 1995, he formed the renowned Afro-Irish music group De Jimbe, specialising in Irish melodies and West African rhythms. Brian has visited Gambia and Senegal on four occasions, performing with De Jimbe and local musicians. De Jimbe have also played in Bangladesh, Cuba, Expo 2000 in Hanover, France, Japan, the US and Korea, where they performed at the opening Ceremony of the World Cup 2002. Brian features in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records as the creator of the Millennium Drum, the world’s largest drum. He has recorded on over 20 CDs and appeared many times on RTÉ television, including the Late Late Show, Jack L Live at the Point and on national television in the US, Korea, Cuba and Japan. He has worked in theatre with Macnas, Barabbas, Calypso, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival, St. Patrick’s Festival, Els Commediants, The Ark, Monaghan Youth Theatre and Red Lemon Youth Theatre. Brian has worked with the New School since 1995.

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David Flood

Guitar, Ukulele and Choir outreach courses

David has been playing music from an early age, beginning with guitar and bass. (His first performance was at the age of eleven for a sixth class graduation concert, playing bass in the school band.) After graduating with an honours BA in Applied Music from the Dundalk Institute of Technology, David has been teaching guitar, bass and drum kit both privately and in music schools. He also has extensive experience as a choral director, having founded both the Fingal Gospel Choir and the Stillorgan Ladies Choir. David took the Fingal Gospel Choir from a ten-person group of singers in a kitchen to a fifty-strong award winning choir (First, Second and Third place titles in the Sligo Choral Festival, Navan Choral Festival and Cork International Choral Festival). The FGC has also appeared on RTÉ Mass on Sunday and Christmas in the Castle TV specials. David’s other experience includes acting as Musical Director to four choirs for Music Matters, an organisation dedicated to setting up choirs for people with mental and physical disabilities. And he is Assistant Musical Director for the High Hopes Choir, which has performed in Dublin Castle and for numerous awareness/fundraising gigs. David’s commitment to music and disability includes acting as Summer Music Activity Camp leader for the Williams Syndrome Association of Ireland, and he continues to work with similar organisations through music. In addition to outreach teaching with the New School, he also teaches with Music Generation, South Dublin.

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Sinéad Flynn

Voice, Musical Theatre Workshop, Singing outreach courses

Sinéad received a BMus in Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music and also trained in the Gaiety School of Acting. She has sung and acted in a wide range of theatre, opera and musical theatre productions, as well as on television and film. She has performed in the National Concert Hall, the Gaiety Theatre, the Peacock Theatre, Cork City Hall and Waterfront Hall in Belfast, as well as in Germany and the USA. Sinéad’s favourite singing roles include Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Her chorus work includes Puccini’s Tosca, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Glucks’ Orfeo. And her favourite acting roles include Grusha in Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle and the title role in Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy. Sinéad has won numerous prizes, including the Gilbert and Sullivan Cup in the Feis Ceoil and the Light Opera Cup and Margaret Dillon Memorial Prize in the Feis Maithiú, Cork. She has written and devised many of her own plays and performances, including The Box of Earthly Delights (the Pearse Centre, Culture Night) and Discord (Phizzfest). In addition to her work teaching singing and musical theatre at the New School since 2006, Sinéad also works as an English language teacher and has created and directed performances for several community and classroom groups, and she has a particular interest in outreach education.

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Vita Galla

Piano

Vita GallaA native of Latvia, Vita started her music studies at the age of six and graduated from Gulbene Music School, where she studied piano. From there she continued her studies in Rēzekne Music College, where she focused on piano performance as a soloist, accompanist and ensemble musician. She studied and performed in many styles there, from Baroque to contemporary, also studying music theory and history as well as psychology. Vita went on to the Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy, where she received a BA degree in piano teaching and performance. She taught piano at two music schools in Riga before coming to Ireland, where she now teaches students ranging in age from 5 to 75 at the New School and the Lucan School of Music. She is very active as an accompanist and currently works with ‘Diva Voices’, a women’s choir, as well as accompanying in examinations for different instruments and voice. Vita has taught at the New School since 2006.

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Éamonn Galldubh

Uilleann Pipes, Traditional Flute, Tin Whistle, Low Whistle, BodhránIrish Music Tasters,
    Guitar and Tin Whistle outreach courses

Éamonn GalldubhAn All-Ireland champion with a teaching diploma from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, as well as Masters degree in Music Performance with first class honours, Éamonn began playing traditional music on the tin whistle at the age of eight, moving on to the uilleann pipes (he learned traditional piping technique from Dublin piper Ivan Goff and Mick O'Brien), flute and guitar. While Irish music is his first love, he has pursued an interest in other music forms, for example playing saxophone while studying jazz performance. Éamonn has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Clannad, Riverdance, Moya Brennan, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey, Ragus, Niamh Ní Charra, Celtic Woman, Hazel O’Connor, Rua, Druid Theatre and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as well as writing and recording his own material. He is passionate about music education and takes a practical approach that encourages pupils to learn by engaging with the music of their favourite artists. Playing along with recordings is used as a means to illustrate theoretical concepts and to learn about structure and rhythm. He has taught both at the New School and for our outreach programme since 1999.

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Otávio Gomes

Violin, Viola

Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Otávio began his music studies at the age of seven and joined his first youth orchestra at the age of ten. He toured to several countries with the orchestra and was later appointed concert master. After completing his BMus degree in violin at the Faculdade Mozarteum de São Paulo, Otávio went abroad to study with the renowned Romanian violinist Remus Azoitei in London and later moved to Germany, where he performed with a number of different groups working in various music genres. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Media and Music Technology at Trinity College, Dublin. During his performing career, Otávio has played with numerous orchestras and ensembles, ranging from classical to Brazilian music. As a teacher, he has over a decade’s experience working with both individuals and groups in Brazil, the UK, Germany and Ireland.

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Tommy Gray

Drum Kit, Theory

Tommy has been drumming from an early age, received a first class honours BA from Newpark Music Centre in 2010 and has performed as a drummer with musicians from around the world. He is a prominent figure on the Irish jazz and improvised music scene and a sought-after session musician in the world of contemporary popular music, appearing in Ireland on RTÉ television and radio, TG4 and lyric fm, as well as on radio and television abroad. He has also performed widely in festivals inside and outside of Ireland, and at the National Concert Hall, Olympia Theatre, Academy and other prominent venues. As a composer, Tommy is skilled in a wide range of idioms, and after studying the work of film composers Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Miklós Rózsa, Alex North, Leonard Rosenman, Thomas Newman and Howard Shore, he began to work in this area. This work includes music for the independent feature-length noir thriller Opus K (2011), written and directed by his brother, Eamonn Gray, as well as several short films. Tommy has taught drum kit to students of all ages, both privately and in several Dublin-area schools, since 1999, and at the New School since 2014.

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Jenna Harris

Voice, Introducing Singing for Adults, Jazz Vocal Workshop

Jenna began her music studies with classical voice until she discovered her passion for jazz, and she holds a diploma in Jazz Performance awarded by Trinity Guildhall and an honours BA in Jazz Performance from Newpark Music Centre (she was the first woman in Ireland to receive a degree in Jazz Performance). The Jenna Harris Quintet, a band formed while she was an undergraduate, performed jazz standards for a number of years after they graduated, and she has also performed and recorded with the jazz/electronic group Zoiband, releasing the EP Sundillion in 2011. Currently her main performing focus is jazz and improvised music projects, including Berri, a drums/voice duo performing original material, with Matthew Jacobson on drums/synth and Jenna on voice/effects/loops. Derek Whyte (double bass) also joined Jenna and Matthew to form another group, the Scintilla jazz trio. While Jenna specialises in jazz, she teaches natural voice technique, suitable for many music genres, that prioritises clarity and a full understanding of the student’s voice. This approach promotes vocal longevity and the ability to maintain a settled, comfortable and problem-free voice. Special attention is also given to the development of the student’s own individual ‘sound’. Jenna has taught with the New School since 2006, and with Newpark on their BA programme.

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Ríona Sally Hartman

Voice, Introducing Singing for Adults, Pop/Rock Vocal Workshop, Singing outreach courses

Ríona studied architecture at University College Dublin before turning to music full-time. She studied a range of vocal genres (including classical, jazz and sean-nós) both at the New School and privately and went on to receive a BA in Jazz Performance with First Class Honours from Newpark Music Centre. Ríona has performed with a number of Irish groups and ensembles, including Monster Monster (alt-pop), Dig a Little Deeper (swing and bossa nova), the Sami Moukaddem Band (Middle Eastern jazz) and her own Ríona Sally Hartman Band, with which she released Big Starving Thing, her debut album of original material, in 2015. Reviews of the album described her as ‘a rising star’ (RTÉ lyric fm) and ‘a polished singer’ (the Independent). According to the Irish Times, ‘her finely-crafted debut album unites the musician and the songwriter, drawing water from many wells, from folk and jazz to alt pop and contemporary lieder…fresh and unclichéd.’ Ríona has taught voice for over ten years and currently performs and workshops with the National Concert Hall’s ECO (Education and Community Outreach) Band. She is on the Improvised Music Company’s board of directors.

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Lynn Hilary

Voice

Lynn studied classical voice at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where she earned an honours BMus performance degree. Since then she has branched out extensively in her vocal career and covered almost all other genres of singing – including Irish traditional, jazz, opera, early music, pop, rock, folk, contemporary music, etc. – each tailored to the demands of the specific role and utilising the foundations of her classical training. Lynn has been a featured soloist with Riverdance, Celtic Woman and the renowned choir Anúna, and her career has brought her around the world many times for over a decade. With Riverdance, she performed at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Croke Park, and she has performed five times in New York’s Radio City Music Hall, including a gala performance for such luminaries as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. She featured as a soloist on the Riverdance 10th Anniversary CD and DVD; on several albums released with Celtic Woman, including Songs from the Heart, The Greatest Journey and Lullaby; and on eight Anúna albums, as well as their soundtrack to the world-famous game Diablo 3. Lynn’s first solo album, Take Me with You (2009), was released on the EMI Manhattan label, and her most recent album, the self-penned Saturn Return, showcases her as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer. Lynn has taught singing both privately and with several different music schools, stage schools and community centres.

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Liza Hingerty

Piano, Keyboard, Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults

Liza HingertyLiza studied both piano and music theory at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, obtaining her ALCM and GNEIM diplomas. She went on to teach at the Rathdown School for seven years, as well as continuing her musical studies with voice lessons, before coming to the New School. She has performed widely both as a jazz singer (with her own Trio and Quartet as well as numerous other musicians) and pianist (specialising in music of the 1930s and 40s, from George Gershwin to Cole Porter) at numerous Irish and Italian venues, including The Button Factory, The Bleu Note and Le Basement Jazz Club, among othes. She has been teaching piano and keyboard at the New School, to students at all skill levels, since 1998..

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Andrew Hogan

Piano, Theory, Junior Cert. Music, Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Adults
   Introducing Piano/Keyboard for Children

Andrew began his music training at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he studied pianoforte performance and music theory and was awarded distinctions in both a London College of Music performance diploma and an ABRSM teaching diploma. He graduated from University College Dublin with an honours BA in Music and French and also studied pipe organ for two years (he is currently organist at Church of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom at University College Dublin). More recently, Andrew was awarded distinction in a City and Guilds Higher Diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Technology, and in addition to a busy teaching schedule he also works as a freelance music producer, producing music for short films as well as a self-produced EP. Andrew has worked with a wide range of students of varying ages and levels both at the New School, where he has taught since 2011, and other schools in Dublin. He has also prepared students for examinations in both Pianoforte and Music Theory with all major music examining bodies.

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Solomon Ijigade

Drumming Around the World outreach workshop, Sounds African outreach workshop,
   African Music & Dance outreach courses

Solomon IjigadeSolomon learned his drumming and singing from relations and family friends when growing up in Nigeria. Since he moved to Ireland in 2000, he has been performing with the award-winning African musical group Adun Oyin (with which he has also given workshops and performances to schools, colleges and community groups around Dublin), and more recently with the Irish-African fusion group Tig Linn. Solomon played St. Patrick in Mixing It on the Mountain – a musical co-produced by Calypso and Tower of Babel – at the Samuel Beckett Centre. He also played a leading role in The Gods Are Not to Blame, an Arambe/Project co-production at the Project Theatre as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival. Solomon is a soloist with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and has performed on RTÉ radio on Rattlebag and Tonight with Vincent Browne as well as on RTÉ Television, on the Late Late Show, Mono and Would You Believe?. He has worked with the New School since 2001.

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Josh Johnston

Sing Your Heart Out Choir

Josh is an acclaimed Dublin-based pianist, singer, choral conductor, arranger and composer. He has worked with musicians across the musical spectrum – including Kíla, SJ McArdle, Breda Mayock, Keith Mullins, Peadar King, Maggie Breheny, Truly DiVine, Stewart Agnew, Hank Wiedel and Ronan Swift, among others – and is equally at home in jazz, folk and rock. He can be heard singing and playing on many albums, including The Shape of Things (2010), Asylum Harbour (2008), Notes Home (with violinist David MacKenzie, 2008) and Close Your Eyes (with Truly DiVine, 2016). Josh has directed three chamber choirs (the most recent being the Rosney Consort), is a member of The Lazy Band and The Gospel Project, and is the organist and director of music at Dublin Unitarian Church.

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Sam Kavanagh

Guitar, Singing and Ukulele outreach courses

A former student of Waltons New School of Music, Sam studied music at both Trinity College Dublin and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama’s performance programme, and he went on to receive an MA in Music Pedagogy and a Diploma in Piano Accompaniment from the renowned Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. His teaching practice and research there focused on developing self-motivated and autonomous students through the use of improvisation in a choral context. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Sam has studied piano, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, double bass, voice, organ, trumpet, tuba and conducting, and he has taught guitar, singing, saxophone, theory, choir and jazz improvisation to students of all ages in Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and Hungary. He has collaborated and performed with many fine musicians and produced and performed in an innovative series of jazz concerts at the National Concert Hall. Sam is also the editor of The Dublin Jazz Book, and his choral compositions are published by NoteNova Publishing.

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Patrice Keegan

Piano, Theory

A native of Newcastle, Co. Dublin, Patrice studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, from which she graduated with First Class Honours in 2006. While at DIT, she was also Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Dublin, and following her degree she took up the position of Organ Scholar of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin for two years, where she shared responsibility for the accompaniment of the two daily choral services and was involved in choristers' training. She combined this role with instrumental teaching and regular accompanist work. In 2009 Patrice completed her Masters in Organ performance with honours, studying with Una Russell and Margaret Phillips. The culmination of this was a recital in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin, for which Ben Van Oosten was the external examiner. In 2011 she was a participant in the Jan Kucharski International Organ Competition in Poland, and in 2012 she performed in the Dun Laoghaire summer recital series alongside Niamh McCormack and David Collins. Patrice is a regular performer throughout Ireland on both organ and piano and is currently the resident organist in Holy Cross Church, Dundrum. She has taught at the New School since 2012.

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David Kennedy

Guitar and Junior/Leaving Cert. Music outreach courses

David KennedyDavid has an honours BMusEd degree from Trinity College Dublin and the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where he studied a wide range of music education methodologies and approaches, from early childhood education (including Orff, Kodály and Dalcroze teaching methods) right up to post-primary music education. In addition to his teaching experience in various Dublin-area post-primary schools, David has played guitar for years, majored in performance in his final year in university and is well versed in most styles of the instrument, including classical, rock/pop, blues and even gospel (he regularly performs with the Dublin Gospel Choir). He has worked with the New School since 2011.

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Varazdat Khachatryan

Piano

Born in Armenia, Varazdat (Varo) started playing the piano at the age of five. In 1998 he entered Yerevan State Conservatory and graduated with distinction in piano and choral conducting. He went on to obtain MMus (Masters of Music) degrees in both areas, as well as an Aspirantura (advanced postgraduate degree) in piano performance from Yerevan State Conservatory, followed by PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma) and MMus degrees in piano performance as well as an MMus in piano accompaniment from Birmingham Conservatory. He was awarded a Fiosraigh full scholarship from Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, where he is currently pursuing a PhD degree working on a thesis which re-assesses Rachmaninoff's musical legacy. Varo has performed extensively as a soloist in his home country and abroad, with recent recital performances in the UK, the Netherlands, Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Syria and the Czech Republic. His performances have received high praise from audiences and music critics alike, and he has won numerous prestigious awards, including first prize in the Peter Donohoe piano competition and the Delia Hall Accompanist Prize. He also regularly performs as an accompanist, chamber musician and choral conductor. Varo was among a select group of young musicians who participated in a state campaign to raise awareness and encourage young pianists in Armenia.

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Patrick Kiernan

5-String (Bluegrass) Banjo, Irish Tenor (4-String) Banjo, Introducing 5-String Banjo

Paddy’s interest in the banjo developed out of his love of Irish traditional music, but later grew to encompass bluegrass, folk, jazz and world music. He was the first 5-string banjo player to undertake the MA program in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, where he also studied Irish traditional guitar and song. He has also studied with renowned banjo players Tony Trischka and Noam Pikelny. Paddy plays and records with a number of bluegrass, folk and Irish traditional acts in Ireland and the UK. He has been teaching at the New School, where he also hosts our popular Bluegrass Slow Jams, since 2011.

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Beata Kmak

Violin, Piano, Violin outreach courses

Beata comes from a musical family in Krakow, Poland and started playing the violin and piano as a child. She received her Diploma as Professional Musician-Instrumentalist (violin, piano) and a postgraduate certificate in Pedagogy from the renowned Jagiellonian University in Kracow. Beata has performed, recorded, taught and toured extensively in Europe with 'Male Slowianki', a Polish folk music and dance group, and has a particular interest in Klezmer music. As a teacher in Krakow she created an innovative 'Best Musician of the Year' competition, which included a variety of rewards and medals for musicianship and choreography. Beata has taught numerous music courses and ensembles, including violin courses for both children and adults, string ensembles and pre-instrumental courses for children. She has taught at the New School since she came to Ireland in 2006.

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Martina Kozhuharov

Cello

A native of Bulgaria, Martina studied at the prestigious Vesselin Stoyanov Professional Music School in Russe with the renowned cellist and teacher Alexandra Elenkova, graduating with a Diploma in Violoncello, Piano and Music Theory. After graduating, she took further tuition from Professor Anatoly Krustev in Sofia, before returning to Russe where she taught cello. Martina has worked as a music teacher in Dublin since arriving here in 2002. She has an extensive teaching practice and has taught cello at the New School since 2007.

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Miguel Ángel Lejarza

Guitar, Introducing Flamenco Guitar

Born into a Spanish family in Mexico, Miguel Ángel (‘Angel’) studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Mexico City and later at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, continuing his studies of Renaissance and Baroque music at the Schuola Cantorum de Paris, where he graduated with first class honours. He went on to attend masterclasses with José Luis Rodrigo at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. Angel was five times awarded the Prize of Arts in Mexico by the National Council for Culture and the Arts, and he also won the Mexico Conservatory Competition and the Rachmaninoff Conservatory International Competition in Paris. He was a founder member and head of the Guitar Department at the Conservatorio de Música del Estado de Mexico, has lectured at the Casa de Música de Tlaxcala and the Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico, and has sat on judging panels for several national and international music festivals. In addition to teaching at the New School since 2001, Angel has been guest teacher and performer at music festivals in Europe, Asia and the US, and he has recorded four solo albums with the Aulos label.

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Francis Long

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Music Technology, Introducing Guitar for Children, Introducing Guitar for Adults
   Electric Blues Guitar Basics, Introducing Music Technology, Guitar outreach courses

Fran LongFran has been involved in the music business for many years. At the age of eight he joined the Artane Boys Band, where he learned to play the clarinet, oboe and the bell lyre – before moving on to guitar (in which he earned both an ABRSM diploma and an LTCL diploma) and bass. He has played professionally with different bands, releasing several CDs, and he has also recorded and produced songs for various artists, including Cathy Davey. His most recent project is the band torc, which released the album The Last Love Song in 2011. Fran has worked in several music shops and was Manager of Waltons Music for five years. In addition to teaching at the New School since 2003, he has also facilitated workshops at the Ballyfermot Community Centre aimed at helping young people understand the music business and teaches outreach guitar courses for our In-School Music Programme.

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Harry Long

Tin Whistle, Low Whistle, Introducing Tin Whistle, Irish Music Tasters

Harry LongAuthor of The Waltons Guide to Irish Music and the Leaving Cert. Music coursebook Soundscapes: Irish Music & Aural Awareness, Harry has devoted a lifetime to the study and teaching of Irish history and traditional music, in all its forms. He has played tin and low whistles for over three decades and performed with the Irish National Folk Company at St. Enda's National Historic Park, in international music and dance festivals and throughout Ireland both solo and in sessions, and he currently performs with the trad/folk band Coscán. As a teacher he has guided hundreds of students at both private and national schools in Dublin and County Wicklow. Harry has composed and recorded music for RTÉ radio and television documentaries, including Head Waters (1991), on the area where Turlough O’Carolan was born, and A Change of Heart. His solo whistle playing can be heard on the album Rinka (2002), as well as the Waltons double CDs, Ireland's Best Tin Whistle Tunes, Volumes 1 and 2 and Ireland's Best Tin Whistle Tunes for Children. Harry has taught tin and low whistle, as well as Irish music appreciation, at the New School since 2000. 

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Niamh McCormack

Voice, Piano, Introducing Singing for AdultsSinging outreach courses

Niamh received her BMus and MMus Performance degrees from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Since then she has performed in the National Concert Hall, the Gaiety Theatre, Place des Arts in Montreal, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, as well as at the Giza pyramids in Egypt. She has won numerous awards in feiseanna and music festivals, including the Stevenson Award and bursary from the Ballymena Festival. She has also toured extensively as vocal soloist with Riverdance and performed such operatic roles as Musetta in La Boheme, Papagena in The Magic Flute and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. Niamh has sung with the National Chamber Choir and continues to be a deputy member. She is also a regular recitalist and performer of Early Music and has recorded a lunchtime recital for RTÉ lyric fm. In addition to teaching at the New School since 2009, Niamh has taught singing and musical theatre with An Grianán, Co. Louth.

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Cathy McEvoy

Sing Your Heart Out Choir, Bluegrass Fiddle, Irish Fiddle, Choir outreach courses

Cathy is a full-time musician, arranger and composer with extensive gospel and choir experience. She holds an honours Music degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Composition from N.U.I. Maynooth. She is currently musical director of both the Sandymount Gospel Choir and The Gospel Project, and she has directed choirs as diverse as the Ballymun Gospel Choir, Forever Young Chorus (Finglas), the Lambay Singers, Rathgar Gospel Choir and Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. She has also worked as a vocal/singing coach for both the Abbey Theatre and RTÉ Radio Drama. In addition, Cathy maintains a busy schedule as a freelance fiddle player, performing with a great number of traditional, roots and bluegrass bands, as well as the Dublin Symphony Orchestra, among others. Well-known artists with whom she has performed include the Manic Street Preachers, Mary Coughlan, Eleanor McEvoy and Ronan Hardiman (Lord of the Dance). Cathy has taught at the New School since 2011.

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Kieran McEvoy

Songwriting Workshop

Kieran MvEvoyKieran, 'one of Ireland’s unsung guitar heroes and songwriters' (Hot Press), hails from Dublin and has been a professional musician for many years, performing with many different bands and solo artists. He lived and worked as a musician for eight years in New York City, where he played guitar, sang and contributed songwriting to bands such as the Sony-signed roots act Naked Grape, Indie folk rocker Melissa Sheehan and Electra Records glam rockers Smashed Gladys, among others. On returning to Ireland in 1996, he recorded on his sister Eleanor McEvoy's Columbia Records album What's Following Me and toured the US, Europe and Ireland with Eleanor and her band. He also co-wrote ‘Make Mine a Small One’ with Eleanor, which features on her album Early Hours. Since then he collaborated with Australian singer-songwriter Chiara Browne and co-wrote many songs with her for The Rose Ponies, the band they formed together. Kieran is currently writing a new album with B & The Honeyboys, the band he formed with his partner Aileen Mythen in 2006, who have received critical acclaim for their eponymously titled debut album. He was also singer and songwriter with The Gospel Project, whose debut album, released in the summer of 2009, features his song ‘Overcome’. Kieran continues to work with many other bands and artists, including Luan Parle, Bagatelle and Mickey Harte, as well as with B & The Honeyboys. He has taught at the New School since 2011.

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Michael McInerney

Guitar, Harmonica, Introducing Harmonica, Acoustic Blues Guitar Basics, Fingerstyle Guitar Basics

Michael McInerneyMichael began playing the harmonica in his late teens, and is currently one of Ireland's most accomplished harmonica players and teachers. He started learning guitar initially as a way of trying to make sense of the musical jargon that confounded him as he tried to teach himself the harmonica and has since explored blues, jazz, flamenco, slide guitar, Irish traditional, some classical and a little ragtime – though his main interests remain blues, slide and fingerstyle guitar. In addition to teaching at the New School since 1995, Michael has written and performed a range of solo guitar music for theatre and film and performed as a flamenco guitarist; he can also be heard on harmonica with his band Master Blaster. He holds an LGSM (P), DipJazz from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a BA in English and Philosophy from NUI Maynooth, and a Diploma in Drama Studies and an MA in Modern Drama from UCD.

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Ian McTigue

Drumming Around the World and Sounds Irish outreach workshops, Bodhrán and Exploring Percussion
   outreach courses

Ian McTigueA former student of Waltons New School of Music, Ian has worked as a professional musician and teacher, specializing in bodhrán, drum kit and percussion, for over fifteen years. Moya Brennan, Frankie Gavin & De Dannan, Don Baker, Robin James Hurt and Jeff Tuttle are just a few of the artists whom he regularly works with. Ian has played drum kit, percussion and bodhrán with Riverdance in the United States, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Kazakhstan and at the pyramids in Egypt, where Riverdance shared a headline concert with Mariah Carey. At home, Ian took part in the 2006 Ryder Cup opening ceremony at the K Club, performing specially-commissioned pieces by Donal Lunny while sharing the stage with Carlos Núñez, Michael McGoldrick and Liam O’Flynn. Ian is also no stranger to the orchestral pit, having played with Improbable Frequency at the Black Box in Galway, Macbecks in the Cork Opera House and The Women of Ireland in Killarney’s INEC. In 2010 Ian branched into country music, playing drums with Nashville recording artist Jeff Tuttle. He has taught at the New School since 2007.

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Sinéad Madden

Irish Fiddle, Introducing Irish Fiddle, Sounds Irish outreach workshop, Irish Fiddle outreach courses

Sinead MaddenSinéad started playing the fiddle at the age of seven and went on to study both classical piano and violin, all the while playing numerous fleadhs and sessions nationwide. After moving to Dublin in 1994, she studied music at Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a BA. During this time she began a performing career that has included collaborations and performances with such artists as Moya Brennan (Clannad), Jim McCann (The Dubliners) and Aoife ni Feartagh. Sinéad has toured extensively in Scandinavia, Asia, America and Europe, and guested with various artists such as ten-time All-Ireland champion Seamus Connolly and the Dublin City Orchestra, as well as playing support to the legendary Drifters frontman Ben E. King. Her recent musical projects include the solo album Honey Promises (2009), featuring Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra; The Beehive Suite, with uilleann piper Darach De Brún; and Urbanethnic, with the Dublin-based group Rinka. She also selected and performed the tunes for the Waltons publication, 110 Best Irish Fiddle Tunes, volume 2. Sinéad has taught fiddle to hundreds of students at the New School since 1999.

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Jim Magill

Drum Kit

Jim MagillJim started drumming at the age of 15, studying with jazz drummer Dave McCune. He continued with improvisation study under the guidance of Tommy Halferty and further tuition under the renowned percussionist Keith Copeland. In a busy performing career, Jim has played at numerous festivals and venues both Irish and international, including the Phoenix Festival, Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, the Mill Street Festival and Belfast Festival at Queen’s, as well as the Olympia Theatre, Gaiety Theatre, Vicar Street, Whelan’s and London’s Barbican. Television and radio appearances include the Late Late Show, The View and (with Supertonic Sound Club) Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox on BBC Radio 2. He performed and toured the UK and Europe in the late 90s with singer Naimee Coleman and has worked more recently with a range of bands – from salsa to rock to soul/funk. Jim has taught students at all levels, from beginner to pre-professional, at the New School since 2001.

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Brendan Maher

Guitar, Guitar outreach courses

Brendan has been performing for over 17 years and has been a student of the guitar for over two decades. After receiving an Honours BA in Music Performance from the Waterford Institute of Technology, studying classical guitar, he is currently completing a Masters degree in Music Performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama. During his mid-twenties Brendan’s musical interests turned to contemporary fingerstyle, and he became a student of the renowned American guitarist and teacher Preston Reed. Over the next few years he also learned from some of the world’s greatest acoustic guitarists, including Tommy Emmanuel, Thomas Leeb, Don Ross and Clive Carroll. Brendan now performs original material in this contemporary, eclectic style, which involves alternate tunings, percussive techniques, two-handed tapping and slap harmonics. During his time at WIT he also developed a keen interest in gypsy jazz music, performing with a sextet group in Waterford and currently with the gypsy jazz quintet Off the Wagon in Dublin. Brendan also attended many gypsy jazz guitar workshops over the years and learned from some of the world’s best players, including Joscho Stephan, Lollo Meier and Robin Nolan. In addition, he played electric guitar in a rock band for ten years, touring around Europe with them. Brendan comes from a family of teachers and has years of experience teaching both privately and in various music schools.

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Sansão Maia

Capoeira in the Classroom outreach workshop, Capoeira outreach courses

Sansao MaiaSansão has been training, studying and developing capoeira for over 17 years. He co-founded the Oficina da Capoeira Brazil group and worked with hundreds of children in the Projeto de Orientacao da Crianca pela Arte before arriving in Dublin in 2001. Over the past three years he has developed the Mundo Capoeira Ireland group and introduced many other aspects of Brazilian culture to a wide audience, thanks to his regular classes, workshops, performances, radio interviews, and appearances on national television and in print. Under his guidance, the group has appeared in numerous street performances, dance festivals (Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, University of Limerick Festival of Traditional Dance, Drogheda Samba Festival, Latin Quarter Experience, Bloomsday celebrations), and theatres. Sansão has also facilitated many workshops for the International Dance Festival of Ireland, The Ark and the Tallaght and Ballymun community centres, as well as schools, colleges and universities. Capoeira has brought him to Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Holland and England to facilitate workshops and to perform in festivals and gatherings.

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Elisabeth Meuleman

Piano, Theory

Elisabeth MeulemanBorn in Belgium, Elisabeth has been a student of music since the age of eight. She began her studies at the Conservatoire de Binche, Belgium, and subsequently attended the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Mons, Belgium, where she studied for eight years with Rosella Clini and Thomas Paule, obtaining a Bmus (Premier Prix in Piano, Premier Prix in Harmony and Premier Prix in Sol-Fa – Music Theory), followed by a Master’s degree in Piano Performance as well as a teaching degree. Besides the Conservatoire, she attended and performed several times at the International Masterclass Music-A Braine l’Alleud in Belgium and the Paris International Summer Sessions at the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, both directed by Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri. After receiving her degrees, Elisabeth worked for several years as a piano and music theory teacher in music schools and academies in Belgium and France before moving to Ireland. She has taught at the New School since 2009 and has been an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 2011. Among other prizes, she won the gold medal and Audrey Chisholm Cup for sonata playing at the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s 2012 Pianofest.

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Clara Monahan

Music Therapy and Songwriting outreach courses

Clara MonahanClara received a BMus degree from NUI Maynooth before qualifying as a music therapist with an MA in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. Her experience with music therapy is wide ranging, and she has worked in both the Republic and in Northern Ireland with children and adults with autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, Down Syndrome and learning disabilities, as well as with children with developmental delay. Clara has also worked with older adults both in the nursing home and hospital settings. Her approach to music therapy is client-centred and eclectic, looking at the ‘whole person’ in assessment and developing therapeutic goals from this basis. Clara has also given a number of general music therapy workshops and presentations for centres and organisations in which parents, carers and teachers can learn about music therapy and how it works.

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David Mooney

Double Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Jazz Improvisation Basics, Jazz Ensembles, Guitar outreach courses

David MooneyDave 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 has taught both at the New School and for our outreach programme since 2005.

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Kieran Moynihan

Concert Flute, Piccolo

Kieran MoynihanKieran studied with Evelyn Grant at the Cork School of Music before moving to London in 1995 to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied flute with Averil Williams and piccolo with Sarah Newbold. Since graduating he has enjoyed a busy and varied career incorporating symphonic work, opera, ballet and musicals. Kieran has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Ireland. He has also worked regularly with such opera and ballet companies as the Royal Opera, Opera Ireland, Anna Livia Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Ballet National de Cuba. As a musical theatre player, Kieran has performed in the London productions of Phantom of the Opera and Lord of the Rings as well as touring with major West End productions of The King and I, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins and the recent 25th anniversary version of Les Misérables. CDs include recordings with Placido Domingo, Altan, Sharon Shannon, Les Misérables Live! and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Kieran has taught at the New School since 2011.

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Eoin Mulvany

Guitar, Theory, Music Fundamentals, Sight Singing Made Easy,
   Leaving Certificate Music courses & workshops

Eoin was born and grew up in Kells Co. Meath, playing music and singing from a very young age. He received a first class honours degree from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in both music composition and classical guitar performance, coming top of his class in the teaching diploma course he also completed there. He also obtained a Master’s degree in composition from Dublin City University. In 2001 he was awarded the IMRO Young Irish Composer of the Future prize for Poynt: After Monet, a piece for solo piano, and in 2007 he received the Jerome Hynes / National Concert Hall Young Composer of the Year prize for PX, a composition for flute and piano. Eoin is an active composer and arranger for various ensembles, and he has had works performed in France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, the US and Ireland. As a performer, he has played and sung with groups ranging from jazz ensembles to classical choirs, and traditional Irish music groups to rock bands. He has taught guitar, music theory and Leaving Cert. Music at the New School since 2004.

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Junshi Murakami

Irish Harp

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Junshi has been living in Ireland since 1999. He studied Irish harp with Áine Ní Dhubhghaill at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he was awarded a Diploma in Irish harp performance in 2005. Junshi has been involved in a number of events and recordings in Ireland, Denmark and Japan, including the critically acclaimed debut album from Lisa O'Neill, lisa o’neill has an album (2009) and performances at the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures and Electric Picnic. One of the finest young harpists currently working in Ireland, Junshi’s arrangements of traditional Irish tunes can be found in the compilation Rogha na gCruitirí (Cáirde na Cruite, 2010), which are included in the RIAM syllabus for Irish harp examination. He has taught at the New School since 2007.

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Niamh Ní Charra

Irish Fiddle, Concertina

Niamh hails from Killarney, Co. Kerry and was immersed in the rich tradition of the Sliabh Luachra region from an early age. She started playing music at the age of four and was a multiple award winner in both fiddle and concertina. Niamh toured as a soloist with Riverdance from 1998 to 2006 and with the renowned Galician musician Carlos Núñez from 2007 to 2011. She has released four critically acclaimed albums since 2007. The most recent, Cuz (2013), was awarded Instrumental Album of the Year in Chicago’s Top TIR music awards, and Niamh was also awarded Female Musician of the Year in the 2014 Live Ireland Music Awards. Along with touring internationally both as a solo artist and with her own band, Niamh has also performed and recorded with The Chieftains and still performs occasionally with Riverdance, most recently in a tour of China, for which she took on the additional role of Musical Director. She has also taught numerous Irish music workshops and masterclasses, both in Ireland and internationally, on fiddle, concertina and Irish singing, and she has been a member of several judging panels, including the final of the Siansa Gael Linn competition in the National Concert Hall.

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Tamara Niekludow

Piano, Theory

Tamara Niekludow

Tamara was born in Gdańsk, Poland and studied piano from the age of seven at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music School and the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk and went on to study at the Royal lrish Academy of Music, where she received her Master’s Degree. Tamara has won more than 40 prizes in national and international competitions, including First Prize in the National Witold Lutosławski Competition (Poland), the International Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Competition (Poland), the International Chopin Piano Competition (Hungary), the International Chopin Piano Competition (Bulgaria) and many more. In July 2006, she was the only European finalist in the Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition in Shanghai, China, for which she performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Shanghai Opera Orchestra under Canadian conductor Edmond Agopian. Tamara has performed in fourteen different countries – including prestigious concert halls in Moscow, Nice, Shanghai, Warsaw, Budapest and Calgary – and she has also recorded for Polish television and radio. She has been granted several important scholarships, including the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship (six times), the Mayor of Gdańsk Award for Young Artists in the Field of Culture and the Ministry of Culture ‘Young Poland’ Scholarship Programme. She has taught at the New School since 2013.

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Alice Nolan

Concert Flute, Piccolo, Flute Ensemble

Alice began her flute studies with Ciarán O’Connell at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and she graduated from the Conservatory with an honours BMus degree. She later obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance with Richard Blake at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Upon her return to her native Dublin, Alice studied flute with William Dowdall and piccolo with Patricia Morris at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She was principal flute in the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and was a multiple prize-winner at music competitions. Alice now combines a busy career as a freelance musician with her work in music education. She regularly performs with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Camerata Ireland and many other ensembles. She is also a founding member of the Ebony Wind Quintet, with which she has performed a number of Irish premières, and she has performed on a number of occasions with the acclaimed UK-based Eblana String Trio. In addition to teaching at the New School since 2015, Alice is also a faculty member of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where she works as a Senior Tutor on the Ballymun Music Programme, subject of the award-winning documentary Ballymun Lullaby.

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Hugh O'Byrne

Drum Kit

Hugh O'ByrneHugh started out learning the piano but after a short time moved on to his real love – the drum kit. In his late teens he studied under Monica Bonnie at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and went on to complete a teaching diploma in drum kit and orchestral percussion with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In a wide-ranging career, Hugh has performed with many different groups and in a variety of styles, including rock, Latin, jazz, funk, blues, trad and African. He was an original member of the Irish/African group De Jimbe – which performed at most of the major music festivals in Ireland and also travelled to France, Germany, Cuba, Senegal, the US and Korea – and he currently performs with the Irish/Nigerian group Tig Linn. Some of the other groups he has played with include The Mexican Pets, Salsa Brava, The Radio, Mangéira, the Dublin Gospel Choir and the Arcana Drummers, and he also toured in Ireland, England, Spain and South Korea with the Dance Theatre of Ireland. Hugh has taught at the New School since its founding in 1994.

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Bríd O’Donnell

Button Accordion, Tin Whistle, Irish Music Tasters, Tin Whistle outreach courses

Hailing from Killala, Co. Mayo, Bríd has been immersed in Irish music from an early age. She started playing tin whistle and button accordion at the age of five and later took up singing. She graduated with an honours degree in Irish Music and Dance from the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick and has taught both button accordion and tin whistle to all levels, both privately and for the past three years at the North Mayo Summer School. Bríd is a member of the band Flat Out, which has spent the past four years performing both nationally and internationally with them, including the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, the Irish Embassy in Malawi for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Disney World in Florida. The group has also recorded an EP entitled Half Empty, Half Full. As a music teacher, Bríd is committed to three things: maximising individual student performance, stressing the importance of listening and instilling a sense of self-worth among all students.

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Lucie O'Flynn

Violin, Irish FiddleViolin outreach courses

Lucie O'FlynnLucie holds an honours degree in Music and French from Trinity College Dublin, where she was a choral scholar, and a postgraduate Diploma in Music Pedagogy from the renowned Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. She has collaborated with many great Irish and French musicians in a range of traditional styles, including Irish, Klezmer, Gypsy, Breton, and Auvergnac, as well as playing in classical orchestras, chamber groups and string quartets. For the past eight years, Lucie has taught for – and now runs – a traditional music summer camp for teenagers in the French Alps. And she spent two years in Paris, where she taught pre-instrumental classes, violin, choir, and primary school music education projects in jazz and Celtic music. Lucie has taught at the New School since 2012.

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Kevin O'Hare

Bodhrán, Traditional Guitar, Introducing Bodhrán, Irish Music TastersBodhrán outreach courses

Kevin O'HareKevin lives in Dublin, where he has been involved with traditional Irish music for over 25 years. In that time he has played with many well-known artists throughout Ireland and Europe. His main instruments are bodhrán, DADGAD guitar, standard guitar and mandolin; recently he has started fiddle, bass and banjo. In his travels Kevin has picked up various styles of playing the bodhrán, which range from the common Kerry style (holding the tipper mid-way), the rarely seen Limerick style (holding the tipper towards the top of the stick), knuckles (playing with the hand) and the ‘upside down method’ seen in Co. Clare (as the name suggests, holding the tipper at the bottom). This flexible approach allows students to explore and learn in the style with which they feel most comfortable. Kevin has taught at the New School since 2007.

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Darragh O’Kelly

Piano, Jazz Piano

Born in Dublin, Darragh studied piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and then piano and jazz composition at Newpark Music Centre, where he received an AGSMD Diploma in Jazz Performance, and he went on to obtain a Masters in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin. Darragh has performed extensively across Ireland, Great Britain, Europe and North America and at major festivals including Electric Picnic, Oxegen, the 12 Points Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Cork Jazz Festival. He is a member of various music projects, including the long-running jazz outfit The Dirty Jazz Club, electro-acoustic improvisers OKO and the rock-funk band Republic of Loose. He has also worked on a number of television and film projects, including Lenny Abrahamson’s films Frank and Academy Award nominated Room. Darragh’s extensive teaching experience includes work with several music schools as well as private tuition in piano and jazz piano.

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Hilda O'Mahony

Violin

Hilda, a classically trained violinist, started her violin studies at the age of seven and is a past student of the Dutch/Hungarian professor Ronald Masin. As a soloist, she has performed nationally since the age of seven, winning various prizes at the Feis Ceoil, Féile Bhríde and Féile Luiminí, and representing Ireland in the Schontal International Violin Competition, Germany at the age of sixteen. She has also performed with many orchestras, including the Hibernian Orchestra, UCD Symphony Orchestra, DIT Symphony Orchestra, the Young European Strings (YES) and the recently formed Esker Festival Orchestra. Having taken a break from her violin studies to pursue a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, Hilda returned to her music and has recently completed postgraduate studies in Music Performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama under the guidance of David O’Doherty and Catherina Lemoni. There, she was the recipient of various prizes, including 1st Prize for the Senior Recital competition and Highly Commended for the Briscoe Cup. She was also awarded the Anne Leahy Travel Bursary to help further her studies at the International Summer Academy in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Hilda has also taken part in many national and international summer classes, notably with Galina Turchananinova, Gyula Stuller, Nigel Clayton, Christian Favre, Catherine Leonard and Darragh Morgan. She is a keen chamber musician and plays with several ensembles, including the recently formed Capri piano trio, and she has made TV appearance on RTÉ’s Late Late Show and Saturday Night Show. Hilda has taught at the New School since 2014.

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Joan O'Malley

Voice, Introducing Singing for Adults

Joan O'MalleyJoan received her BMus Performance degree as well as a postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama and also trained at the Stageworks Drama School. She has won several awards for her singing, including the DIT Opera Studio’s MacNamara Gold Cup and the Feis Ceoil’s Veronica Dunne and Wilson Cups. Joan has performed in numerous productions with Opera Ireland (Cosi fan tutte, Don Pasquale) and the Anna Livia Opera Company (Lucia di Lammermoor, The Pearl Fishers) and as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, among others. Joan has taught at the New School since 2007.

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Melanie O’Reilly

The Art & Craft of Songwriting workshop

Melanie O'ReillyMelanie is an internationally-known singer-songwriter and music educator from Ireland, currently based in California. She holds an Arts degree from University College Dublin and studied theatre at the Brendan Smith Academy, also in Dublin. She is accredited by both the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Goldsmiths College in London. Melanie’s own songs have been published on six albums and eight compilations, her music has been featured on PBS Frontline's documentary An Uneasy Peace (directed by Niall McKay), and she has won numerous awards from the Arts Council of Ireland. She was lauded by Downbeat magazine as one of Ireland's foremost jazz ambassadors and is a regular performer on radio and TV. Her own radio show, Jazz on the Bay, which she created and hosts on RTÉ Radio 1, won the 2008-09 PPI Radio Award (Ireland) for ‘Music Program of the Year’ (specialist category), and she recently hosted a six-part music series for National Public Radio in the US. Melanie teaches songwriting courses regularly at various arts centres and music schools in California, and is on the advisory board of the Celtic Arts Centre in Los Angeles. She is also a vocal Instructor at the Starland Music Academy in Alameda, where she specialises in jazz, folk, pop and musical theatre, and she teaches at the Jazz School in Berkeley. She has taught at the New School during our Summer Term since 2004.

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Anne Orr

Piano Accordion

Anne has played the piano accordion since the age of eight and for over 35 years. She became interested in traditional Irish music in her teens and joined a céilí band, The Shores of Éireann, which played gigs all over Dublin and competed in many Fleadhs. After obtaining Grade VIII in classical accordion, she joined Sean Kearney’s Accordion Orchestra, which won the All-Ireland Accordion Championships several times and appeared on the Late Late Show. Developing an interest in tin whistle, Anne attended many sessions in Áras Chrónáin and has since taught the instrument at the Mater Dei Institute of Education as well as in primary after-school music classes. Currently studying piano, and singing with the Culwick Choral Society, Anne has taught at the New School since 1999.

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Ronan O'Sullivan

Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder

Ronan O'SullivanRonan studied clarinet, saxophone and piano at third level at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, earning both a Teacher’s Diploma and a BA degree in Performance. He then completed his postgraduate training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Ronan has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and the European Youth Wind Orchestra. Aside from his extensive teaching practice (he has taught at the New School since 2002), Ronan performs regularly with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and performs many concerts as a freelance musician around Ireland.

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Rory Pierce

Music Technology

Rory PierceRory was trained in Composition, Contemporary Music and Music Technology at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He has written all sorts of music (from string quartets to animation soundtracks and orchestral music to hardcore dance) for such organisations as the BBC, the National Theatre, Aer Lingus, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Dublin Youth Orchestra, the BBC Singers and the British Council. In the studio and in performance he specialises in marrying the latest music technology with acoustic instruments – a style he calls 50/50: 50% electronics and 50% real instruments played by human beings. As well as composing, he has also worked as musical director for various stage productions, scriptwriter and presenter for RTÉ lyric fm, and music critic – and he has performed and toured nationally and internationally with various bands, playing piano/keyboard, cello, uilleann pipes, marimba, flute and percussion. Rory has taught at the New School since 2005.

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Oleg Ponomarev

Classical, Jazz/Swing and Gypsy Violin, Viola

Oleg is a performing musician and multi-instrumentalist, teacher, lecturer and composer. He first studied violin and piano with his grandparents, both graduates of the Moscow Conservatory, and later graduated from the Central Music School and Gnesinn College in Moscow. He co-founded and performed extensively with legendary Russian-Gypsy trio Loyko and world music trio Koshka and has collaborated with numerous international artists, including Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Lakshminarayana Sumbramaniam, Ally Bain, Gidon Kremer, Gilles Apap, Andre Heller, Bill Lovelady and Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones. He has also written or arranged several scores for film and video, including Onegin (featuring Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler), and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Tim Burton. As a teacher, Oleg has taught classical, jazz/swing and Gypsy violin for over 30 years, and he has given workshops and masterclasses in schools and universities worldwide, including the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast; the University of Aalborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Gotenburg, Sweden; Temple Sinai, Marblehead, Massachusetts; the Schous Cultural Centre, Trondheim, Norway; and the Russian Cultural Centre, Glasgow, Scotland. He has recorded and produced more than 30 albums under his own name or as a guest artist and is signed to ARC Records UK, Circular Records Scotland and Adastra UK. Currently Oleg is a permanent member of the following groups: Koshka, Yurodny, Hot Club of Dublin, NoCrows and LPG Trio. He has taught at the New School since 2015.

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Marek Przekwas

African Percussion, Afro-Cuban Percussion, Introducing World Drumming

Marek PrzekwasMarek received a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Wroclaw in Poland before moving to Ireland. He was first introduced to world drumming at Waltons New School of Music and has since studied African drumming with the Guinean National Ballet soloist Libon Traoré in Guinea and the djembe grandmaster Mamady Keïta in Senegal, as well as Afro-Cuban drumming with Frailan Morán of the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Marek has performed as a drummer with a range of different groups, including Manden Express, a West African jazz ensemble (dundun and calabash); Afo, a West African percussion ensemble (djembe and dundun); Wassa Wassa, an African percussion group (solo djembe); Almond Blue, a jazz/bossa/swing group (congas, bongos and other percussion); and Village of Peace, an international reggae group (congas, bongos and other percussion). An energetic and creative teacher, he has taught world drumming at the New School since 2014 and both African and Afro-Cuban drumming privately, and he has also given drumming workshops at the Body & Soul Festival, Electric Picnic and at community centres across Dublin.

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Daniela Quaresima

Capoeira in the Classroom outreach workshop

Daniela QuaresimaDaniela studied capoeira under Professor Sansão Maia and arrived in Ireland in 1999. With Prof. Sansão, she has given workshops and performances for schools, colleges, universities and community groups throughout the country. Together with the Mundo Capoeira Ireland group and supported by the Happy City Samba Band, she represented Brazil in welcoming the football star Pelè on his visit to Dublin. She has also performed at the Dublin Fringe Festival, Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, Dance Theatre of Ireland, International Dance Festival of Ireland, Drogheda Samba Festival, Ballina Salmon Parade, the Latin Quarter Experience, Spirasi Asylum Services Initiative, and at the Launch of the World Awareness Week organized by the National Youth Council of Ireland, just to name a few. She has also performed with several Dublin-based music groups such as De Jimbe, MaSamba and Afronova project in numerous festivals, has been training, studying and developing capoeira for almost 10 years. She is the co-founder of the Mundo Capoeira Ireland group and has introduced many other aspects of Brazilian culture to a wide audience, thanks to her regular classes, workshops, performances, radio interviews and appearances on national television.

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Gavin Ralston

Let's Write a Song! and Songwriting & Music Production outreach workshops

Gavin is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and music producer who has been involved in the music industry for many years, covering virtually every genre from rock, pop and folk to Irish traditional, classical and theatrical shows. He began his music career performing on the Dublin rock music scene before moving to Dingle in Kerry to study Irish traditional guitar with the legendary Steve Cooney, and he has since performed and toured with many traditional and folk acts, including Sharon Shannon, Arcady, Beginish, Begley & Cooney, Eimear Quinn, Cormac Breatnach and Lunasa. Gavin also has an extensive rock and pop pedigree and has performed and toured with such acts as The Waterboys, Picturehouse, Clannad, Bagatelle, Revelino and Eleanor McEvoy. He also performed in numerous theatrical and dance shows, including Brecht's Mother Courage, Michael Flatley's Celtic Tiger and Rubato Dance Company's flamenco dance show Bull Dance. Gavin has recorded and produced a wide range of artists, including Grammy award nominated Vanessa Williams, Ronnie Drew, Bagatelle, Picturehouse, The Coronas and The Blizzards. He has also published a widely used instructional book on the Irish traditional guitar.

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Suzanne Savage

Voice, Violin, Theory, Introducing Violin for Adults, Music for Me and Violin outreach courses

Suzanne SavageOriginally from Belfast, Suzanne received her BMus degree from Queens University, where she studied voice and violin, and was awarded a scholarship to the Music Department of Fabrica, Benetton’s ‘applied creative laboratory’ in Treviso, Italy, where she worked on music and multimedia projects with several international collaborators. She was principal soloist for three years with Riverdance and has performed internationally as a vocal soloist with a number of music groups in different genres, written or co-written albums and film soundtracks and appeared on television and radio in Ireland, the UK and Italy. Described as 'probably the best voice out of Northern Ireland in the past thirty years' (Belfast Telegraph), Suzanne currently sings with her own group, The Savage Five. In addition to teaching voice and violin at the New School since 2008, she has facilitated outreach workshops for us in pre-instrumental music for very young children.

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Sarolta Simo

Violin, Introducing Violin for Adults

Sarolta (pronounced ‘Sharolta’) was born in Transylvania and started learning the violin at the age of ten. She studied violin, piano, orchestral music, chamber music, theory, composition and music history at the Arts Lyceum in Targu Mureş, Romania and continued her studies at the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj Napoca, where she attained her Master Diploma in violin. She then performed numerous concerts in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary as first violinist in the Hungarian Opera Orchestra, Transylvanian Symphony Orchestra and several chamber orchestras. After coming to Ireland in 2009, Sarolta studied traditional Irish fiddle with Brian Duffy and Olcan Masterson, then joined the band What the Folk, touring with them around Ireland for three years. She moved to Dublin in 2012 and joined the Dublin Orchestra Players and UCD Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ciarán Crilly, performing in the National Concert Hall and National Convention Centre. She has also performed as a soloist with the Dublin Orchestra Players in performances of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe. More recently, Sarolta has worked with several Dublin-based professional string quartets and performed with the inaugural orchestra of the Irish National Youth Ballet, founded by Ciarán Crilly in 2012. She has taught at the New School since 2014.

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Kleber de Souza

Kleber de SouzaCapoeira in the Classroom outreach workshop

Kleber studied capoeira in Brazil under Professor Sansão Maia and arrived in Ireland in 2009. With Prof Sansão, he has given numerous workshops and performances for schools, colleges, universities and community groups throughout the country. He holds his own classes in Bray and Cork.

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Conleth Stanley

Voice

Conleth started his musical career as a member of the Palestrina Choir, and he graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with a BMus in Vocal Pedagogy, studying voice there with Dr. Robert Alderson and working with repetiteur Roy Holmes. At the same time he worked professionally with Opera Ireland and the Anna Livia Opera Company in Dublin, performing repertoire by Bellini, Bizet, Donizetti, Gounod, Mascagni, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Verdi. He was also a key member of the production team in DIT, which staged their first full-scale opera in over twenty years, Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Conleth also works with the Yorke Trust in South Creake, Norfolk, England, where they perform operatic works for scholarship students. His Yorke Trust work - working alongside renowned musicians such as Alec Crowe, Darren Hargan, Robert Houssart and Gidon Saks - includes Purcell’s Dido & Aneas, Lampe’s Pyramus & Thisbe, Handel's Theodora, Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. In Dublin, he has worked alongside Vivienne Coates in Lyric Opera Productions of Lehar's The Merry Widow, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Verdi’s La Traviata at the National Concert Hall. Conleth has taught at the New School since 2008.

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John Sweeney

Guitar, Bodhrán, Tin Whistle, Bouzouki, Introducing Guitar for Adults, Introducing for Teens, Trad Guitar Basics,
   Irish Music TastersGuitar outreach courses

John comes from a musical family and has been studying and playing guitar and bass, as well as a range of Irish traditional instruments, for over thirty years. He works in many different styles, including blues, rock, jazz, traditional and flamenco, and he has performed and recorded with a number of Irish groups, gigging extensively throughout Ireland, Canada, the UK, the US and Spain. He began teaching in 1988 at the Scarborough School of Guitar in Toronto, Canada, where he also studied composition and flatpick technique. He has also studied flamenco guitar with Miguel Escudero Lopez in Seville, Spain and traditional music at St. Enda’s Folk Park & Museum, and he continues to develop techniques in a range of guitar styles. John has taught at the New School since 2003 and also teaches outreach guitar courses in our In-School Music Programme.

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Brian Tavey

Guitar

Brian TaveyBrian has been playing guitar for over 25 years, both at home and abroad. He began his music career playing electric guitar in a metal band in secondary school, went on to study at the Ballyfermot Rock School and continued at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, from which he received a Bmus Performance degree in classical guitar in 1998. Brian has played acoustic, electric and classical guitar, as well as bass, in a wide range of groups, settings and music genres - from rock bands to musicals and trad groups to gospel choirs. He has taught at the New School since 2001.

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Johnny Taylor

Piano, Jazz Piano, Jazz Piano Basics

Johnny was born in London and studied classical piano and clarinet from a young age, playing in orchestras and receiving an ABRSM diploma in piano performance. Upon moving to Ireland, he became a music scholar at Trinity College Dublin and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 2006. After studying with a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Johnny returned to Dublin and began playing jazz full time. He currently leads his own piano trio as well as playing regularly in the groups of several notable Irish musicians, including Mary Coughlan, Nigel Mooney, Linley Hamilton, Aoife Doyle and Loah. One of the busiest musicians on the Irish music scene, Johnny regularly performs in Dublin and around Ireland and has performed at major festivals in the US, the Caribbean, other European countries and the Middle East. He has taught at the New School since 2007.

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Tuula Voutilainen

Singing and Choir outreach courses

Tuula is a Dublin-based singer and performer with an eclectic range of experience in classical music, vocal improvisation, and theatre. She studied music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland alongside intensive theatre performance practice at a local theatre company and actors’ workshop. After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Music in 1996, she moved to Dublin and has since then worked in the performing arts in a variety of roles, including acting and directing for adult and children’s theatre, singing in professional ensembles, and teaching voice and singing for music schools, choirs, theatre companies, and community groups. As an improvising vocalist, she has collaborated on numerous music and multi-disciplinary projects with Irish jazz, rock, classical, and electro-acoustic musicians and composers including Roger Doyle, Sean MacErlaine and Trevor Knight, and with the vocal improvisation trio Voices, which she co-founded with Dorothy Murphy and Sue Rynhart. Tuula has appeared on several albums released by the improvisation and folk rock collective United Bible Studies, and she toured with the group extensively in Europe, the US, UK and Ireland from 2004 to 2012. From 2004 to 2009 she also sang with Christ Church Cathedral Choir, and appeared on their critically acclaimed album I Love All Beauteous Things. As an ensemble singer and improvising vocalist she has performed on BBC, RTÉ, RAI and YLE television and radio. Her festival appearances include the Dublin International Literature and Theatre Festivals and the Terrastock Music Festival in the US.

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Thérèse Ward

Piano

Therese WardThérèse has been teaching piano since 1992 and received her piano teaching diploma, which included a comparative thesis on piano teaching methods, from the London College of Music in 2000. An active musician in her local community, Thérèse has not only maintained a busy teaching practice but has also acted as musical director for Christmas and Easter music in Marino Church since 1999, has worked extensively as a musical director for local musicals, and has been a member of the Marino Folk Group for over twenty years. She has taught at the New School since 2007.

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Carmel Whelan

Music for Me courses, Sean-nós Singing, Tin Whistle, Traditional Flute, Music for Me and Choir outreach courses

Carmel WhelanCarmel started playing tin whistle, Irish flute and singing at an early age and also has years of experience in musical theatre and traditional sean nós singing. She received a BMus degree with first class honours from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She has also received specialised early years music education training with Dr. Lorraine O’ Connell and Lucinda Geoghegan, education director with the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Carmel’s extensive teaching experience includes tin whistle, Irish flute and vocal tuition at the Craobh Seán Treacy and Malahide branches of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and at Clasac, the Comhaltas Regional Centre in Clontarf, as well as the Ossia Youth Choir of North Dublin, which she founded in 2011 and directs. In addition to her work with Ossia, Carmel has worked with various primary and secondary school choirs and is currently the musical director of the Dublin branch of the High Hopes choir, an initiative run by Focus Ireland and Dublin Simon Community for people who have experienced homelessness. She is currently a Kodály Early Years Music Education Practitioner with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, teaching pre-instrumental music at several primary schools, and she also directs choirs at three primary schools for Music Generation. Carmel’s extensive performance experience includes leading roles in a number of musicals, several appearances on RTÉ Radio 1’s Céilí House and participation in such major cultural events as the Temple Bar TradFest, the Bloomsday Festival and National Music Day. Carmel has taught at the New School since 2013.

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SoYoung Yoon

Piano, Jazz Piano

So Young YoonSoYoung was born in Seoul, Korea, where she was classically trained from the age of five and won several local and national competitions. She also studied jazz piano at the Seoul Jazz Academy, a sister school of Boston's Berklee College of Music. Since moving to Ireland in 2003, SoYoung has performed with numerous ensembles in all of Dublin's main jazz venues, and in 2007 formed her own quartet, for which she has been composing original music. In 2008, she acquired a First in the BA in Jazz Performance degree course at Newpark Music Centre, where she studied with leading pianist Phil Ware and composer Ronan Guilfoyle. SoYoung has taught at the New School since 2007.

 


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