Launch of UCD Community Choir

Building on the success of the Come and Sing pop-up choir at the inaugural UCD Festival on Saturday, 18 June 2016, the UCD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) group in conjunction with UCD Science are forming a Community Choir.

The first meeting of the choir took place on Tuesday, 11th October and was very well attended, with staff and faculty coming from all corners of the campus. Choir master Caoimhe O’Neill expertly guided those present through some lessons before finishing with accapella versions of Snow Patrol and Bruno Mars classics.

Join in the fun every Tuesday during term time from 1-2pm, on the 4th floor of UCD O’Brien Centre for Science.

No experience is required and all are welcome to come along.

Enquiries to Patricia Maguire, Chair EDI Events and Communications subgroup.

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Choir master Caoimhe O’Neill.

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Choir master Caoimhe O’Neill with members of the UCD Community Choir

Choir Master

Caoimhe O’Neill is a teacher of music and voice. Caoimhe is Principal and Director of Singing at Encore! School of Performing Arts, running a school with 750 students and putting on annual shows in Mill Theatre Dundrum.  Her vocal groups in the school take part in competitions, recitals and charity events, and previously won 1st prize in the New Ross Choral Festival.

She has a huge interest in choral singing, having performed with the Park Singers and Cantando for a number of years, she now runs “Choir Club”, a community choral group who number 50 members and perform annually.

During her years as music teacher at St. Raphaela’s Secondary School, she musically directed and conducted all the school musicals, including Grease, 7 Brides, Godspell, Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes.  The School Senior Choir won 1st prize in Feis Ceoil, Slogadh and the Stillorgan Feis under her direction, and her choral groups won 1st place at Slogadh for a number of years, including the Best Overall Award.

Caoimhe was also Musical Director of Stillorgan Youth Musical Company for a number of years, conducting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, pantomimes and variety shows, and with SMCO senior group she was musical director for various shows including Godspell, bringing the group to the New Ross Choral Festival where they won 1st prize.