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Sing Your Heart Out Choir

at Waltons New School of Music

‘I have really enjoyed my time with the choir and would
recommend it to anyone interested in choral singing.’

– J. Sullivan

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Choir Description

Love singing but need encouragement? Join the New School’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
  • Don’t Fence Me In – Cole Porter
  • ​Freedom Is Coming – South African protest song
  • Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  • Hooked on a Feeling – Mark James
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
  • In the Highways, in the Hedges – Trad
  • My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose – Burns/Douglas
  • Non Nobis Domine – Patrick Doyle
  • Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins
  • Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – Bacharach/David
  • Something Inside So Strong – Labi Siffre
  • The Sound of Silence – Paul Simon
  • Swing Low Sweet Chariot – Trad
  • Take Me to Church – Hozier
  • Thapelo – Sotho traditional song
  • ​To Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
  • Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay
  • Vois sur ton chemin – Bruno Coulais
  • Wayfaring Stranger – Trad
  • 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, March/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.

* Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits – both psychological and physiological – of choral and group singing, including ones published by the Royal Society of Open Science, the Journal of Public Mental Health and the University of Limerick.

Third Term Choir Auditions

Our next informal assessments of prospective new members interesting in joining the Choir for our Third Term will take place on Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 6 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.

Cathy McEvoy, Director

Cathy McEvoyCathy is a full-time musician, arranger, composer and educator, with extensive gospel and choir experience. She holds an honours Music degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Composition from NUI Maynooth, and she has additionally studied both choral and orchestral conducting with maestros such as George Hurst (UK), Axel Theimer (Austria/US), Robert Houlihan (Ireland) and Rodolfo Sanglimbeni (Venezuela). In addition to directing the school’s Sing Your Heart Out Choir and Company Choirs for our Music at Work programme, Cathy also directs Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, Portmarnock Singers, Sandymount Gospel Choir and The Gospel Project. She has been the recipient of several arts awards, including an Artists Residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in 2018, a Travel and Training Award from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2016, and an EU Youth in Action in Award which allowed her to avail of Community Arts training in 2014. She has also worked as a vocal coach for both the Abbey Theatre and RTÉ Radio Drama and is on the Artists’ Panel of the National Concert Hall’s Music in Mind Programme. 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.

Josh Johnston, Assistant Director, Accompanist

Josh JohnstonJosh 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.


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

‘Cathy is the best music teacher that I have ever known. Her professionalism and enthusiasm makes the course very desirable. Her commitment evokes confidence and positivity for anyone who loves to sing.’
– P.J. Crawley

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

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

‘Dedicated and excellent choir director/tutor.’
– S. McBride

‘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

Were you – or are you currently – 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 about it.


2018-2019 Choir Schedule

Thursdays 6.30 – 8 pm

First-Third Terms (Full Year): 4 October 2018 – 27 June 2019
First Term: 4 October – 13 December 2018
Second Term: 17 January – 11 April 2019
Third Term: 2 May – 27 June 2019

2018-2019 Fees

1st Term
(10 weeks)
€150 €75 Full Fee Only
Deposit €79 + one payment (1 Oct) of €79
1st-2nd Terms
(22 weeks)
€292 €146 Full Fee
Deposit €104 + two payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec) of €102Discount
Deposit €54 + two payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec) of €54
1st-3rd Terms
(31 weeks)
€400 €200 Full Fee
Deposit €106 + three payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec, 1 Feb) of €106Discount
Deposit €56 + two payments (1 Nov, 1 Dec, 1 Feb) of €56
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 €94Discount
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 Your Heart Out 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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