Youth Choirs Artistic Director

Lynsey Callaghan

Following a 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. She is a member of the Musicianship Faculty in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. 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. She regularly works as chorus master for Chamber Choir Ireland (CCI), Ireland’s flagship professional choir. In this role, Lynsey has worked with Paul Hillier (Artistic Director of CCI), Sofi Jeannin (Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers), Grete Pedersen (Music Director of the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir), and Nicolas Fink (Chief Conductor of the WDR Radio Choir, Artistic Director of the Swiss Youth Choir). Lynsey is an adjudicator for BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year 2020. She will conduct the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s Girls’ Choir in Summer 2020. She will also work as chorus master on Irish National Opera’s (INO) new opera by Brian Irvine in Spring 2021.

Lynsey enjoys conducting choral-orchestral works, bringing together her orchestral experience with her commitment to choral music. As the conductor of Tallaght Choral Society, she has performed an array of works, including Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’, Britten’s ‘Saint Nicolas’, and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’. She enjoys conducting contemporary works and recently conducted Ola Gjeilo’s ‘Sunrise Mass’. Lynsey 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. 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. 

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.
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