Dún Laoghaire Choral Society
is in the process of hiring a new Music Director. We have shortlisted four excellent candidates and we hope to have finalised our choice by the end of September.
Julie Shanley, Assistant Music Director 2016/2018
Julie Shanley is a professional musician working in Dublin. She sings regularly in Christ Church Cathedral and teaches, lectures and leads an adult choir in Newpark Music Centre. Julie graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Music in 2008.
More recently Julie completed an intensive year of training in the Kodaly Institute of Music Pedagogy in Hungary. There she studied choral conducting, singing, piano, clarinet and chamber music. Her love of choral music began when she joined St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir School aged seven. From that point onwards she has been involved with diverse projects such as performing at Electric Picnic with Elbow, touring with the Irish Youth Chamber Choir and singing and dancing with the contemporary music ensemble, Tonnta.
Julie was appointed Assistant Music Director of DLCS in September 2016.
Fergal Caulfield, Accompanist
Fergal Caulfield obtained his academic credentials from Trinity Collge Dublin, graduating with BA and PhD degrees in music. His doctoral thesis explored compositional procedures in Stravinsky's late serial music based on examiniation of archival material now housed at the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland. As a performer, Fergals studied piano with Peter Dains at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the organ privately with Professor Gerard Gillen at the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and holds peformance and teaching diplomas in both instruments. He additionally attended various scholarship masterclasses in the UK and Belgium.
As well as many performances abroad he has given solo organ recitals at most of the major venues in Ireland including the National Concert Hall, the Wexford and Galway Arts Festivals, St Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire, the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and Trinity College Chapel. He has additionally appeared as soloist in concert performances with a number of ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra (with which he has performed the organ symphonies of Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré and Aaron Copland) and is a former prize-winner at the Dublin International Organ Festival. He is also widely in demand as a vocal and instrumental accompanist.
As a chamber musician, Fergal plays particularly as a member of the Clarion Trio (consisting of piano, violin and clarinet). He works regularly as a keyboard player with the RTE National Symphony and RTE Concert Orchestras and is repetiteur for the RTE Philharmonic Choir, in addition to his long-standing association with Dún Laoghaire Choral Society.
Angela O Broin