Following an undergraduate degree in music education (Trinity College, Dublin and DIT Conservatory of Music) and a master’s 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. 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 addition to her work as the Musical Director of the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs, Lynsey is currently the musical director of Tallaght Choral Society and conductor of Fingal Youth 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. In 2015, Lynsey was soprano tutor to Irish Youth Training Choir. Lynsey has been appointed conductor of the Ulster Youth Junior Choir for 2018. From 2016, she assumed the position of Head of Musicianship for Ulster Youth Choir and Ulster Youth Training Choir. She was Head of Musicianship for Youth Choir Kenya and Conductor of the Junior Youth Choir of Kenya in 2016.
In October 2017, Lynsey founded Dublin Youth Choir. Dublin Youth Choir aims to fill the regional gap in choral music education in Dublin. Dublin Youth Choir comprises three choirs: Chamber Choir, Youth Choir, Male Voice Choir. In September 2018, Dublin Youth Junior Choir will begin. The Belfast Philharmonic Youth Chamber Choir and Dublin Youth Chamber Choir have joined together for a number of projects as Cross Border Youth Choir. They have worked with the BBC Singers, made their debut performance in Belfast in October 2017, and performed at the City of Derry International Choral Festival. They will take part in a performance of the Great War Symphony in the Royal Albert Hall in October 2018 as one of the satellite choirs.
Lynsey was a finalist in the Feis Ceoil Orchestral Conducting Competition 2016 and as part of this, she conducted the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. She has conducted the Ulster Orchestra in a performance with the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the choral music education structure in Belfast. From 2016-17, Lynsey was the conductor of Trinity Orchestra. Lynsey is a participant on the Female Conducting Programme at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, in partnership with Grant Thornton. She will make her debut performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in June 2018.
Lynsey conducted Voci Nuove, a Cork-based chamber choir. Under her direction, Voci Nuove was awarded the Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy and named Ireland’s Choir of the Year 2016 for the second consecutive year at the Cork International Choral Festival. Lynsey was Conductor in Training 2012 - 14 for the RTÉ Performing Groups and the Association of Irish Choirs. In this position, she conducted Irish Youth Choir and Irish Youth Chamber Choir in various performances, Ulster Youth Choir, and was assistant conductor to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. From 2013 to 2015, Lynsey was the music assistant to RTÉ Cór na nÓg. She has conducted Bemused? and Trinity Singers. In 2012, Lynsey co-founded and co-directed Trinitones, Trinity College's first male a cappella group. As a singer, Lynsey has performed with many choirs, including Irish Youth Choir, Irish Youth Chamber Choir, Trinity Singers, Bemused?, Ulster Youth Choir, and Laetare Vocal Ensemble.
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.