Following an undergraduate degree in music education (Trinity College, Dublin and DIT Conservatory of Music) and a masters degree in choral conducting (Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College, Dublin), Lynsey Callaghan is currently undertaking a PhD in musicology in Trinity College, Dublin. She is a recipient of the Trinity College Studentship Award and is a Trinity Long Room Hub Graduate Fellow. During her undergraduate degree, Lynsey studied at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Hungary. She has studied with Dr Doreen Rao in both Ireland and Chicago and holds Level 3 certification from the CME Institute. In 2016 Lynsey gave her debut performances with the Ulster Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
In addition to her work as Musical Director of the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs, Lynsey is the current music director of Tallaght Choral Society and conducts Fingal Youth Orchestra and Trinity Orchestra. She works as a musicianship tutor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and has taught musicianship to Irish Youth Training Choir and Irish Youth Choir. Lynsey is Head of Musicianship for Ulster Youth Choir and Ulster Youth Training Choir. She is also Assistant Conductor and Head of Musicianship to Youth Choir Kenya and conductor of the Junior Choir of Youth Choir Kenya. Lynsey is on the committee of the Kodály Society of Ireland. This summer she taught on the annual KSI Summer Course in St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. Lynsey is currently developing the Dublin Youth Choirs and will begin rehearsing in January.
Lynsey conducted Voci Nuove, a Cork-based chamber choir. At the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival, Voci Nuove was awarded the Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy and named Ireland’s Choir of the Year 2015. At the Derry International Choral Festival in 2015, Voci Nuove were awarded 2nd prize in the international competition, and were the recipients of the inaugural Contemporary Music Centre special award for the performance of a contemporary Irish choral work. Voci Nuove have recently released the their debut EP 'Spectrum' featuring solely new Irish choral music. This year the choir was awarded the Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy and was named Ireland's Choir of the Year 2016, the first choir to achieve this status for two consecutive years.
Lynsey was Conductor in Training 2012 - 14 for the RTÉ Performing Groups and the Association of Irish Choirs, conducting Irish Youth Choir, Ulster Youth Choir, and Irish Youth Chamber Choir in various performances, and was assistant conductor to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. In this position she also worked with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra. She has also conducted Bemused?, Trinity Singers, Boydell Singers, and the Assumption Young Artists.
Jennifer graduated from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music with a double postgraduate diploma in Music Pedagogy and was awarded the Balassi Institute Scholarship to continue her studies for a second year.
Having previously served as Co-Artistic Director of the Music Generation Wicklow choral programme, Jennifer currently works as Choral Assistant to RTÉ Cór na nÓg and conductor of their Training Choir. She is Choral Facilitator with the ECO Sing Out choir and Music in Mind initiative at the National Concert Hall, and is a specialist music teacher at Saint Mary’s College, Rathmines. Jennifer has lectured in Curriculum Music at Saint Patrick’s College Drumcondra and is both a committee and faculty member of the Kodály Society of Ireland and Solfège Ireland. She teaches musicianship and choir at Leeson Park School of Music.
As an active choral singer, Jennifer sings with Peregryne, a small choral ensemble specialising in rarely heard church music, and is a deputy chorister at Saint Ann's Church Dawson Street and Christ Church Cathedral. Jennifer has also sung with the international award-winning New Dublin Voices.