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 undertook a PhD in medieval musicology in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Lynsey is the Head of Research and Programmes at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Lynsey is passionate about providing opportunities for excellence in youth choral music. She is the Director of the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs. In October 2017, Lynsey founded Dublin Youth Choir. Dublin Youth Choir aims to fill the regional gap in incremental choral music education in Dublin. 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, Ulster Youth Choir and Youth Choir 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. She has also worked as chorus master for Chamber Choir Ireland (CCI), Ireland’s flagship professional choir.