Waltons New School of Music - Sing Your Heart Out Choir, Dublin

Sing Your Heart Out Choir


Choir Description

Sing Your Heart Out ChoirLove singing but need encouragement? Join Waltons New School of Music's Sing Your Heart Out Choir and your nerves will disappear! The Choir is led by a renowned choral director and focuses on music from the contemporary, gospel and world traditions. Join it and you’ll have the opportunity to sing some great songs with others, to find and improve your voice, to spend an hour and a half every week ‘singing your heart out’ and making new friends in the process, to improve your health and well-being*, and to perform in public for fun and entertainment.

Each class features:

  • Lively warm-ups to strengthen your voice and build your technique
  • Call & response singing
  • Learning to harmonise
  • Soloist-choir interplay

Here are some of the songs that the Choir has worked on and sung:

  • Adiemus – Karl Jenkins
  • Amovolovo – Zulu protest song
  • Bridge over Troubled Water – Paul Simon
  • By the Rivers of Babylon – Trad
  • Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby – Trad
  • ​Freedom Is Coming – South African protest song
  • Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For – U2
  • In the Highways, in the Hedges – Trad
  • Non Nobis Domine – Patrick Doyle
  • Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins
  • Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot – Trad
  • Take Me to Church – Hozier
  • ​To Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
  • Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay
  • With a Little Help from My Friends – Lennon/McCarthy
  • Whispering Hope – Septimus Winner
  • With or Without You – U2

Week by week the course builds as new skills are applied and the songs grow. At the end of each term (in December, April and June) the Choir showcases what they have been working on in concerts at the school for friends and family, in addition to performing in our End-of-Year Student Concert at the National Concert Hall, and there are other performance opportunities during the year.

The Sing Your Heart Out Choir is great on its own, or you can take part along with private (one-to-one) vocal tuition at the New School or with one of our vocal workshops. Although previous choir experience and music reading are not required, ideally new members will have taken some private voice/singing lessons or our Introducing Singing for Adults course before joining it.

Students concurrently enrolled for private or group tuition at the New School receive a 50% discount off the Choir fee.

First Term & Full Year Enrolment
Brief, informal assessments of new choir members will take place on Thursday, 28 September 2017 at 6 pm, and are essential for those who would like to join the Sing Your Heart Out Choir in our Third Term.

* A recent article in Time magazine by Stacy Horn, author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, referenced scientific studies examining the physical and mental benefits of singing: the release of endorphins, the release of the hormone oxytocin, which is linked to reducing stress and enhancing feelings of bonding, group singing being ‘our evolutionary reward for coming together co-operatively’. See Singing Changes Your Brain.

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 Comments from Participants

'Fun, challenging...with lots of good singing. The choir has improved my confidence, and I'm always in a good mood when the class is over. Cathy great!'
– S. Macken

'Cathy is a fantastic and supportive instructor, I've thoroughly enjoyed it!'
– O. Dempsey

'I really enjoyed Cathy's humour and patient manner.'
– E. Bermingham

'Dedicated and excellent choir director/tutor.'
– S. McBride

'A lot of fun and a great stress release.'
– C. Kennedy

Are you – or were you – a member of the Sing Your Heart Out Choir? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.

The Sing Your Heart Out Choir performing ‘Something Inside So Strong’ by Labi Siffre in Waltons New School of Music's End-of-Year Student Concert (National Concert Hall, John Field Room, 22 June 2015):

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 Cathy McEvoy, Director

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). www.cathymcevoy.com

Josh Johnston, Assistant Director, Accompanist

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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 2017-2018 Schedule

Thursdays 6.30 – 8 pm

First-Third Terms (Full Year): 5 October 2017 – 21 June 2018
First Term: 5 October – 14 December 2017
Second Term: 11 January – 22 March 2018
Third Term: 12 April – 21 June 2018

 2017-2018 Fees


Full Fee

50% *

Payment Plan Option

First Term (10 weeks)



Full Fee Only
Deposit €64 + one payment (1 Oct) of €64

First-Second Terms (21 weeks)



Full Fee
Deposit €82 + two payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec) of €82

Deposit €45 + two payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec) of €43

First-Third Terms (32 weeks)



Full Fee
Deposit €86 + three payments
(1 Nov, 1 Dec, 1 Feb) of €86

Deposit €46 + two payments
(1 Nov, 1 Dec, 1 Feb) of €46

Second Term (11 weeks)



Full Fee Only
Deposit €69 + one payment (1 Feb) of €69

Second-Third Terms (22 weeks)



Full Fee
Deposit €86 + two payments (1 Feb, 1 Mar) of €85

Deposit €46 + two payments (1 Feb, 1 Mar) of €45

Third Term (11 weeks)



Full Fee Only
Deposit €69 + one payment (1 May) of €69

* Students concurrently enrolled for other tuition at the New School receive a 50% discount off the Choir fee.

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Enrolment for Sing Your Heart Out Choir requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the fee or payment plan arrangement.

Late Enrolment
Students wishing to join the choir may do so at any time. Tuition fees for late-enrolling students are pro-rated and depend on the starting week. Go to the appropriate week under Enrolment & Fees for more information.

Purchasing a choir enrolment as a gift? Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.

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

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