I studied singing at the RIAM and TU Dublin while also studying engineering at University College Dublin. I qualified and worked as an engineer for many years while singing in Galway Baroque Singers and Súnus Chamber Choir. I returned to music teaching in 2010, but it wasn’t until I met Owen Gilhooly at a Sing Ireland choral conducting summer school in Limerick in 2015 that I returned to regular vocal studies.
Studying outside the conservatory system, performance opportunities must be created. St Mary’s Cathedral Limerick were incredibly supportive and invited me to sing many times in their lunchtime series. Through my voluntary work with the Coole Music Orchestra Festival over the years, I have been mentored in PR and marketing and have amassed skills which come in very useful when organizing my own concerts, many of which are for charity.
I always aim to connect with my audience by explaining the background to the music in an engaging way. For me it is a win when an audience member tells me afterwards that their understanding of the background of a song completely changed their enjoyment of it and that they would come again!
I really enjoy planning concert programs and linking the material thematically. To me a concert is a journey for the performers, one that they must bring the audience on with them. There is nothing like live music and feeding on the energy in the room. I particularly enjoy performing in historical venues like The Yeats Tower, Thoor Ballylee in Galway where WB Yeats himself lived.
My singing journey has demanded huge levels of determination, focus and self-belief but is the most significant thing I have ever done for myself. Owen Gilhooly believed in me from the start and his teaching has been central to my success. The pandemic has forced us to consider new ways of connecting with audiences online. Watch this space for a number of pending projects!