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Sing & Swing Jazz Choir

at Waltons New School of Music

‘Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Sing & Swing Jazz Choir with Melanie. She is a brilliant teacher and made the classes very enjoyable and educational. Her song choices were fantastic, and we learned to sing in some wonderful three-part harmonies. Many thanks!’
– T. O’Grady-Peyton

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Choir Description

If you love to sing and swing in group harmony, join the New School’s Sing & Swing Jazz Choir! Led by Melanie O’Reilly, a renowned jazz singer, conductor and teacher with many years’ experience teaching jazz and conducting jazz choirs, this ensemble includes songs and arrangements hand-tailored to the abilities and interests of those who join the group. As well as exploring songs from the Great American Songbook (Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Rogers & Hammerstein and others), later songwriters including Burt Bacharach, Dave Frishberg and Joni Mitchell, and repertoire ranging from blues to bebop to ballads and beyond, the Choir will help you with important performance skills such as stage presence, song interpretation, lyric memorisation, rhythm skills and improvisation.  We will also explore healthy vocal technique, proper microphone technique, how to blend while singing harmonies and how to convey an emotional message as a group.

At the end of each term, the Choir will showcase what we have been working on in a concert at the school for friends and family, and there are other performance opportunities during the year.

The Sing & Swing Jazz 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 some previous vocal training or experience is necessary (in choirs or solo singing), previous jazz singing experience is not required.

Second Term Choir Auditions

Brief informal assessments of prospective members interesting in joining the Choir will take place on Saturday, 12 January 2019, 1.30 – 2.30 pm. When you enrol for the Choir, we will contact you about these auditions.

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

Melanie O’Reilly, Director

Melanie O'ReillyMelanie is an internationally-known jazz performer, singer, songwriter and music educator. She has recorded seven albums and performed on eight compilations, her music has been featured on PBS television and she has won numerous awards from the Arts Council. She was lauded by Downbeat magazine as one of Ireland’s foremost jazz ambassadors, has performed at several international festivals, including the inaugural EU/USA Jazz Festival, where she represented Ireland at the Los Angeles Schoenberg Hall, and her recent tribute to jazz icon Anita O’Day show earned her four-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival.  She is a regular performer on radio and TV and is the creator and host of the award-winning RTÉ radio show Jazz on the Bay. Melanie has extensive experience teaching jazz voice and performance technique. She has taught at the Oakland School of the Arts, the New College of California in San Francisco and University of California Berkeley’s CAL Extension programme, among others. She also regularly teaches at the California Jazz Conservatory Berkeley as part of their World Music Vocal programme and was a Visiting Scholar and Musician-in- Residence at UC Berkeley’s Celtic Studies programme from 2003 to 2009. Melanie has taught the New School’s Art & Craft of Songwriting workshop since 2004.

2019 Choir Schedule

Saturdays 1.30 – 3 pm

Second Term: 19 January – 13 April 2019
Third Term: 4 May – 29 June 2019


2nd Term
(12 weeks)
€170 €85 Full Fee Only
Deposit €89 + one payment (1 Feb) of €89
2nd-3rd Terms
(21 weeks)
€268 €134 Full Fee
Deposit €96 + two payments (1 Feb, 1 Mar) of €94

Deposit €50 + two payments (1 Feb, 1 Mar) of €50

3rd Term
(9 weeks)
€140 €70 Full Fee Only
Deposit €74 + one payment (1 May) of €74

* Students concurrently enrolled for private or group tuition at the New School receive a 50% discount off the fees for school ensembles.


Enrolment in the Sing & Swing Jazz Choir requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the ensemble fee or payment plan arrangement, if applicable.


Late Enrolment

Students wishing to join the choir may do so in the first two weeks of each term. Tuition fees for late-enrolling students are pro-rated and depend on the date that the student begins.

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


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