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 medieval musicology in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 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 doctoral studies, Lynsey is undertaking extensive training in orchestral conducting. She has conducted the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra.
Lynsey is passionate about providing opportunities for excellence in youth choral music. In October 2017, Lynsey founded Dublin Youth Choir. Dublin Youth Choir aims to fill the regional gap in incremental choral music education in Dublin. Dublin Youth Choir comprises Chamber Choir, Youth Choir, Male Voice Choir, and Junior Choir, and DYC is still growing! Dublin Youth Training Choir will begin in 2019. Lynsey is also the Musical Director of the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs. As both the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs and Dublin Youth Choir share a philosophy of music education that is inspired by Kodály, the development of musicianship is at the heart of the work of both organisations. The Belfast Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Dublin Youth Chamber Choir have joined together for a number of projects as the Cross Border Youth Choir. They have worked with the BBC Singers, performed at the City of Derry International Choral Festival, and recorded for the Royal Albert Hall.
Since developing her pedagogical and musicianship skills at the Kodály Institute in Hungary, Lynsey has worked as a musicianship tutor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Irish Youth Training Choir, Irish Youth Choir, Ulster Youth Training Choir, and Ulster Youth Choir. In 2016, she was appointed Head of Musicianship for Youth Choir Kenya and Conductor of the Junior Youth Choir of Kenya. She was conductor of the Ulster Youth Junior Choir in 2018. She has taught solfege on the undergraduate music degree in Trinity College Dublin and has taught conducting on the Kodály Society of Ireland’s annual summer course. 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, Irish Youth Chamber Choir, and Ulster Youth Choir and became the assistant chorus master to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, the symphonic chorus of the National Symphony Orchestra.
conductor (Male voice choir)and assistant conductor (DYC singers)
Brian Murphy completed his bachelor’s degree in music and history in Maynooth University before undertaking a PGCE in music education in Edge Hill University, England. During his time in Maynooth, Brian served as President of the Music Society and was elected Students’ Union President in 2009, through which he became the chief student representative for the Maynooth students both within the university and nationally. Brian is undertaking a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Since November 2016, Brian has been the Musical Director of the Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir. Under his direction, the choir has performed at many high-profile events, including President Michael D. Higgin’s garden party, a dinner at Áras an Uachtaráin for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, and at the final of the Pro-14 Rugby Tournament in the Aviva Stadium. He also conducts the Dublin Youth Male Voice Choir, an ensemble within Dublin Youth Choir. Brian is a secondary school teacher and is active as a clarinettist and saxophonist, performing regularly as a soloist and with ensembles. Since 2011, Brian has conducted the annual school musical in the secondary school where he teaches.
Brian has sung with numerous choirs and is currently a member of the award-winning choir Mornington Singers.
accompanist (junior Choir and training choir) and assistant conductor (youth choir)
David Callaghan is a fourth year Music Education student at TCD, in association with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. A violinist, pianist and singer, David has a wealth of experience as a performer. In 2013, he was awarded a music scholarship from Wesley College and as a student there, he directed the award-winning College Chamber Choir. He was also heavily involved in the college’s other ensembles including the choirs and orchestras.
As an accompanist, David has worked with many choirs and soloists. With particular interest in training young voices, David was the director of CBS Westland Row's school choir, encompassing students from all year groups, and is a musicianship teacher and accompanist at Dublin Youth Choir. Last year he directed the CIÉ Male Voice Choir in numerous performances across Dublin, supporting Irish charities.
In addition to his role as Director of Trinity Singers during his first year at TCD, David worked as Musical Director for Trinity Musical Theatre Society’s inaugural production of West Side Story. An avid choral singer, David has sung with many choirs including Irish Youth Chamber Choir, Dublin Youth Chamber Choir and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Chorale.
In 2018, David completed an Erasmus term in the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary where he studied choral conducting, pedagogy and performance. He is a member of the music staff at Mount Argus Parish and was recently appointed Director of Music in Harold’s Cross Church. From 2018-19, David taught music in St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School, where he was involved with the many musical activities offered in the school.
MUSICIANSHIP TUTOR and Conductor (Training Choir)
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.
DYC Music Assistants are some of DYC’s most promising young musicians. They sing with Chamber Choir and DYC Singers and assist with the younger choirs. Each Music Assistant will pursue music at third level. They are mentored by the music staff and develop an understanding of DYC’s philosophy of choral music education. They attend training days and courses, supported by DYC, and have an opportunity to develop their practice. Most recently, DYC Music Assistants attended the Kodály Society of Ireland’s summer course and Callum Jeacle was awarded a scholarship by the KSI to attend. Imogen Elliott has been chosen to take part in the Snape Maltings Friday Afternoons Young Leadership Course.