Dublin born Cormac O hAodáin started his musical studies in horn with Victor Malirsh at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and continued at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Between 1993 and 1996 Cormac represented Ireland in the European Union Youth Orchestra, working with such eminent maestros as Carlo Maria Giulini, Kurt Sanderling, Georges Prêtre, Bernard Haitink, Mstislav Rostropovich and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
In 1997 he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti, also working with Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Berglund, Sir Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies amongst others. In 1999 Cormac moved to the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing with many of the world’s leading conductors, such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Evgeny Svetlanov, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christian Thielemann, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Lorin Maazel. With these orchestras Cormac has toured extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, North and South America, the Near and Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Since 2009 Cormac has been a member of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. In 2010 he performed Aloys Fleischmann’s Cornucopia for Solo Horn and Orchestra with the RTÉ CO as part of the Fleischmann Centenary year celebrations and in 2012 performed Richard Strauss’s 1st Horn Concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Cormac has considerable chamber music experience and is a founding member of Cassiopeia Winds Wind Quintet, Vox Merus Brass Quintet and Musici Ireland Chamber Ensemble.
Cormac says: I completed my two year Taught Masters Degree in Performance in CIT Cork School of Music (CSM) in 2016, following in a long line of professional musicians from both the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra who had undertaken the Masters Degree in Music Performance at the CSM. The facilities are, without a doubt, the best in the country. Their state-of-the art concert hall, black-box theatre, recording studio, practice rooms each with at least one Steinway grand piano and the majestic views over Cork City from the incredible library are some of the reasons why I enjoyed my time in the CSM. The CSM also offers Masters Degrees in Composition, Conducting, Music Technology and Research and Degrees in Pop and Drama. This musical diversity allowed me to collaborate with Music Technology students in recording my own recitals, while also giving them the experience of recording live musicians. In the first year, monthly lectures took place on Fridays and Saturdays, which facilitated students who were working. While initially I found the lectures challenging one of the assignments, to deliver a Presentation, gave me confidence in preparing and presenting on a topic, which has been of enormous benefit to me. It was an invaluable experience to learn how to put on a concert, from planning and programming, promotion including designing posters and fliers, writing programme notes to rehearsing and performing with fellow students.
Cormac Ó hAodáin, Principal Horn, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin.
Shane completed his MSc in Music And Technology in 2011.
He worked as a guitar instructor, music teacher and sound designer while pursuing his Masters. Here, Shanefeatured with emerging theatre company JustMakeIt Productions on projects such as WishI Was.... and Johnny.
Following graduation, he took up a role as a radio broadcast engineer and studio managerwit h Communicorp, first in their Newstalk studio on Opera Lane and later in the joint TodayFM and Newstalk studios in The Cork Opera House. Shane also works as a Metadata Archiver for Newstalk on a BAI project archiving the stations’s 2002-2016 shows.
Shane has also continued to work as a sound designer during this period, featuring in productions such as The Great Hunger (Theatre Makers), Splintered Soul (ChattybooProductions), A Christmas Carol (Oceans Of Notions Theatre Group), Arrival (JustMakeItProductions), When We Were Young (Everyman Theatre Productions) amongst others.Shane is the guitarist of Elk, an Irish progressive rock trio on the Limerick-based record label Out On A Limb.
Delia arrived to Cork in 2013, looking to combine her strong background in engineering with her passion for music. This took her to join the MSc Music & Technology in Cork School of Music, CIT. Within this program, she developed auditory, technical and composition skills through the diversity of interdisciplinary modules and by participating in a varied range of hands-on activities such as field recordings for both music and film. She also collaborated with local artists and researchers through diverse projects of composition, studio recordings and sound installation design, such as Caoine sound project by Michelle Collins.
Focusing her interest on digital audio signal processing, she had the chance to meet Dr Derry FitzGerald around the time she had to make a choice for her master’s thesis subject. Derry is internationally known for his audio signal processing research, in particular on the topic of sound source separation, and is currently head of the CoRESMA research group at CSM. He introduced Delia to this field and mentored her through her master project where she applied different sound source separation methods to de-noising of musical signals.
Inspired by the work in her thesis and the support of her CSM lecturers and mentor, she decided to continue her career applying for a PhD in Audio Signal Processing. After a year of work in the private sector as an R&D electronic engineer, she joined the Centre for Digital Music in Queen Mary University of London in 2015 as a PhD candidate of the FAST (Fusing Audio Semantic Technologies for Intelligent Music Production and Consumption) project funded by the EPSRC, , in collaboration with major universities and industry partners such as Abbey Road Studios and the BBC. Under the supervision of Mark Sandler and Sebastian Ewert, her research in signal processing methods for source separation in music production has already been peer reviewed and published in conference proceedings.
Colm is a Musical Director working primarily in theatre. After his studies at the CIT Cork School of Music, he continued to train as a conductor and subsequently moved to the UK to work in musical theatre. After having worked on many projects across the UK and in the US, he took over as Musical Director for one of the longest running productions in the world, "Starlight Express" in Bochum, Germany. He is currently on a world tour with “Wicked” the musical.
"The varied career paths of CSM’s graduates are a testament to the breadth and standard of music education on offer. The tuition and opportunities available to me there opened up so many possibilities I previously didn’t know existed” Colm O'Regan
Sam Perkin has composed for leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, The Fidelio Trio and Miranda Cuckson. The extent to which Sam likes to explore the boundless possibilities of music can be seen in his recent compositions for Orchestra with Whale Sounds, Orchestra with Sign Language, and Strings with Body Percussion.
He is a BMus graduate of CIT Cork School of Music and subsequently, of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon in France, where he won the prestigious Prix Salabert for Composition,
He has been commissioned by The Irish Chamber Orchestra, The Vanbrugh String Quartet, The Fidelio Trio, Finghin Collins, New Ross Piano Festival, Cork Orchestral Society, Gregynog Festival, The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Co-Orch Orchestra Dublin, ConCorda Chamber Music, Ortús Chamber Music Festival and West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
In his Violin Concerto “Voice”, a moment of audience humming creates an aura like none other for the final cadenza, and his recent work Pause blends the sounds of a slowed-down Irish fiddle with String Orchestra. Brother for Solo Marimba and Voices in 6 Languages had its première in Lyon at Festival La Ferme du Vinatier and Festival Les Nuits Sonores.
Recent commissions include Language for solo violin for American violinist Miranda Cuckson for The 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival, for percussionist and string orchestra for Alex Petcu and The Irish Chamber Orchestra, and a large-scale work for Crash Ensemble which blends the worlds of contemporary music and street skateboarding for performance in 2018.
Seán Ó’Dálaigh is a composer of acoustic and electronic music from Killarney, County Kerry.
He has worked/workshopped with internationally renowned ensembles and musicians such as, DissonArt Ensemble (Greece), the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble (Amsterdam), Musicatreize (Marseilles), the Kirkos Ensemble (Dublin), the Niuew Ensemble (Amsterdam), the Kelvin-Helmholtz ensemble, (The Hague/Amsterdam) and Yoonhee Lee, violinist. He is an Active member of the Irish Composers collective.
He was a recipient of the 2016 Next Generation Bursary from the Irish Arts Council, one of 16 in the country selected across all artistic disciplines. He has also received numerous Travel and Training awards and local county council bursaries for his work and to support his studies.
He studied composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Richard Ayres and Wim Henderickx and graduated with a Masters degree in composition in June 2015. He attended the one-year course at the institute for Sonology in Den Haag in 2015/16 where he focused on the study of electronic music. He holds a Bachelors degree from the CIT Cork School of Music. He is currently studying privately with the composer, Jennifer Walshe.
During his time at the CvA and at various international workshops, including the TENSO composers workshop for choral writing, 2015, the Composition and Sound Experimentation workshop at the Mixtur Festival in Barcelona, 2016 and the 2017 Masterclass with the Associazione Musicale Labiritmo in Alghero, Sardinia, he has had individual/masterclasses with renowned artists, Yannis Kyriakides, Dario Calderone, Peter Ablinger, Dmitri Kourliandski, Carola Baukholt, Chaya Czernowin and Marco Stroppa.
"Having studied at numerous institutions abroad and having visited many more, I can safely say that the facilities at the CIT Cork School of Music are among the best in Europe. The Curtis Auditorium and the Stack Theatre are world-class venues for performance, fully integrated with modern recording technology. The technology department itself boasts a stunning array of equipment; a tech lab equipped with multiple powerful desktops and midi controllers, portable recorders and state of the art audio interfaces. The recording studio is at the peak of professional standards equipped with a live room big enough for an orchestra and a broad selection of high-end microphones. The possibility for students of the Cork School of Music to integrate their practice in novel ways with exciting new technologies is limited only by their own imagination. The facilities are supported by a cohort of staff with very impressive resumes, all practicing professionally in their chosen disciplines. While there I was given the freedom to explore my own practice and this freedom, coupled with the expert guidance provided by the staff and teachers, gave me the opportunity to establish my career as a composer."
Emma completely her BA in Theatre and Drama Studies at CIT Cork School of Music in 2016. During her studies, she has appeared in several productions including the Irish premiere of The Laramie Cycle (Joseph C. Walsh, 2015) and Our Town (Ben Barnes, 2016). She also appeared as Mary Boyle in Juno and the Paycock (directed by Ger Fitzgibbon) at the Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork while in her final year the degree.
In film Emma starred along side Brian Gleeson in Irish Feature Darkness on the Edge of Town which recently got distribution on America Netflix and itunes, she later appeared in Cork Feature Film The Young Offenders (Directed by Peter Foott). Also during her final year at Cork School of Music Emma was cast in an American TV pilot entitled Dawn (Directed by two time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg and produced by Hulu TV). Emma has just completed filming on her first TV series called Nowhere Fast, which will air on RTE next Autumn. She is currently in rehearsals for Room for Two a new play (directed by Caroline Fitzgerald) that will run in the Dolmen Theatre and the Civic Theatre Dublin this Spring.
I am a professional freelance director, performer, producer and production manager.
I graduated with a first class honours from the CIT CSM Theatre and Drama studies degree in 2016.
Since graduating, I have gone on to work with companies, venues & festivals such as; Graffiti Theatre Company, Corcadorca Theatre Company, Conflicted Theatre Co., Farna Theatre Company, Bombinate Theatre, Strive Theatre, Urdang Academy of Musical Theatre (London) Cork Opera House, Everyman Theatre, CIT Cork School of Music, Cork Midsummer Festival, Galway Theatre Festival & Dublin Fringe Festival.
In 2016, I co-founded a theatre company, ALSA Productions, which I run with Sadhbh Barrett Coakley. We are Cork based company whose aim is to collaborate with other artists from a variety of disciplines and art forms. Our work is inspired by people and stories, paying particular attention to identifying the energy that informs the stories we tell.
We are currently Theatre Graduates-In-Residence in CIT Cork School of Music and we are also under the mentorship of Gare St. Lazare Ireland in association with The Everyman, Cork.
We were awarded a place on the internationally recognised MAKE artist programme in 2018. This is a development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival , Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum. It is open to Irish and international artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels.
So far, we have presented work at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Limerick Fringe, Clonmel Junction Festival & Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.
I have also participated on the Fishamble The New Play Company: Directing Mentorship Programme in association with Belltable:Connect, facilitated by Jim Culleton, Gavin Kostick & Marketa Dowling.
I am very grateful for my time in CIT Cork School of Music. The training on the theatre and drama degree was suitably broad for me. Over the four years, I gained both practical performance training as well as receiving an in-depth knowledge of what it takes to make theatre from ‘the ground up’.
I really feel that over the four years on the degree I was continually learning, developing and honing skills, that have inevitably allowed me to create a lasting career for myself in the theatre industry.