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Tomás McCarthy

Tomás McCarthy

Lecturer (viola) & Conductor

Tomás McCarthy MA, B.Mus, DipCSM, Cert ESA is a Lecturer (viola) & Conductor at the CIT Cork School of Music. He studied his principal instrument, viola, with John Vallery, having started on the violin with Renée Lane, Florence Pedder and Michael McNamara. He studied the trombone with Billy McCarthy and piano with Florence Good. Tomás began conducting in 1981 and has since specialised in conducting young instrumentalists in the CIT School of Music, Cork Youth Orchestra and at orchestral courses in Ireland and Scotland. He has conducted the Cork Symphony Orchestra. As a violist he has played with R.T.E. Orchestras and is a founder member of the CSMSO and Cork Chamber Orchestra. Tomás is a former member of CYO, Irelands oldest youth orchestra, and first conducted the CYO in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee in 1985. He has conducted many other concerts since then, including memorable 30th, 40th and 50th anniversary concerts in City Hall and numerous concerts in the NCH Dublin. Tomás has been the Conductor/Musical Director of CYO since 1998. He conducted CYO on two live R.T.E. Radio live Christmas broadcasts and has toured with the orchestra to Italy (four tours) representing Ireland at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras along with concert tours of the the Czech Republic and Scotland. 

Recent projects with Tomás conducting the Cork Youth Orchestra include concerts with: Sir James Galway, Altan, Mary Hegarty, Cara O’Sullivan, Majella Cullagh, Joe Corbett, Mark O Keeffe, Brefini Horgan, Cork’s first screening of the “The Snowman”, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with soloist Rebecca Capova. Colm Wilkinson (December 2011), the ‘Brendan Voyage’ tour to Tuscany in 2002 /2007 / 2012 / 2016 with Flaithrí Neff (Uilleann Pipes). Michael Ball (December 2012 and May 2014), and in 2013 Sofia Escobar, Mike Sterling, Michael McCarthy and Linzi Hateley. Tomásalso conducted two sold out concerts with Hayley Westenra (2014) two Summer Proms and the hugely successful Summers Evening on the Quad concert in UCC (2015) with The Celtic \tenors, Peter Corry, Alex Sharpe and Linda Kenny. Tomás has also encouraged CYO to commission new works for orchestra e.g.:Flaithrí Neff’s “Partholon” for Uilleann Pipes and orchestra. A unique venture was a full concert ‘as Gaeilge’ with with Seo Linn and music orchestrated by Paul Frost culminating in a CYO video/recording of ’Solas’ (which has almost 600,000 views online) recorded in the CITCSM recording studio and City Hall, Cork. Tomás’s latest concert was with Rebecca Storm in City Hall Cork.

Tomás has developed the youth orchestra’s musical outreach programme for up to 95 other musicians through a community involvement facilitating the exposure of school children within and outside mainstream music education to a musical experience they would otherwise not enjoy. Many of these children are being taught by graduates of CITCSM.

Tomás was honoured in September 2016, along with his wife Terry, for their many years of commitment and dedication to the Cork Youth Orchestra and Junior Cork Youth Orchestra by being named Cork Person’s of the Month of September 2016.

 

Semester Timeline

Date

Jan Mon 21

Semester 2 commences

Jun Wed 20

Academic Year finishes

Jun Tue 5

MEBs

May Mon 28

Advanced Recital Competition final

May Sat 26

Advanced Recital Competition prelims

May Mon 7

Degree Assessments & Examinations

May Fri 4

Semester 2 Lectures end* (confirm BATDS)

Apr Thu 12

Degree Entrance Tests for CAO Applicants

Mar Mon 26

Easter Holidays

Mar Sat 24

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Mar Fri 23

Degree classes finish for Easter Break

Mar Sat 17

School Closed for St Patricks weekend

Feb Sat 24

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Feb Mon 12

Reading Week

Jan Sat 27

Professional Studies 2 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Jan Mon 15

MEBs

Semester 2 Lectures commence (confirm BATDS)

Jan Mon 8

Degree Performance Assessments

Dec Mon 18

Degree Assessments & Examinations

Dec Fri 15

Semester 1 Lectures end

Nov Sat 25

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Nov Sat 18

Open Day for CSM Undergraduate Degree Courses

Oct Mon 30

Reading Week

Oct Thu 26

Conferring Ceremony

Oct Sat 21

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Sep Sat 23

Professional Studies 1 (MA in Performance, Conducting and Composition, Year 1)

Sep Mon 11

Semester 1 classes and lessons commence for all full-time students

Sep Fri 1

Academic Year commences

Aug Thu 31

Registration for 1st year undergraduate and Masters Degrees

Jan Wed 4

BATDS Year 4 recommences

Oct Thu 27

CSM Awards Ceremony for full-time students

Sep Mon 5

Registration for Years 2 - 4 BMus, BATDS, BAPM & Class Meetings

Induction of MA/MSc in Music & Technology

Induction of MA (Performance/Conducting/Composition)

MEBs

Aug Mon 15

Autumn Examinations

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Semester Timeline

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Jun Sat 16

Individual lessons Finish

May Mon 28

Grade Examination Week

Musicianship Exam Fortnight

Advanced Recital Competition Final

May Sat 26

Advanced Recital Competition Prelims

May Mon 7

Chamber Music Competition Week

Apr Mon 9

Classes recommence

Mar Mon 26

Easter Holidays

Mar Tue 20

Classes recommence

Mar Sat 17

School Closed for St Patricks weekend

Mar Sun 4

Senior Recital Competition Final

Feb Mon 19

Classes recommence

Feb Mon 12

Mid-term Break2

Feb Sun 11

Junior Recital Competition Final 15:00

Feb Fri 9

Junior Recital Competition Prelims

Jan Fri 19

Term 2 Fees due

Jan Mon 8

All teaching re-commences

Dec Fri 22

Classes & lessons for part-time students finish

Dec Mon 11

Piano Accompaniment Competition Week

Dec Fri 1

Junior Concerto

Nov Mon 6

Classes recommence

Oct Mon 30

Mid-term Break1

Oct Fri 20

CSM Awards Ceremony

Sep Mon 11

Bands, Choirs, Orchestras, Drama group rehearsals commence

Sep Fri 1

Academic Year commences

Mar Tue 14

Application forms available for all part-time courses commencing in September 2016 (accepted from 9am)

Mar Fri 10

Open Day for part-time courses - schedule available from public office during February

Mar Thu 2

Senior Recital Competition Prelims

Feb Tue 14

Senior Concerto

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