June 29, 2016
This year at Dublin School of Music, we are more excited than ever to launch our 2016 Summer Camps!
This year’s camps will include a huge variety of musical activities- from rhythm games and group singing to making our own instruments, and from yoga to analysing orchestral works!
The main aim of our jam-packed new camp programme is to find the fun in developing all the skills needed to become your best musician!
The course will cover a broad range of musical activities including:
- Group singing and rhythm making
- Performance techniques and activities
- Creating our own instruments
- A look at the Orchestra
- Solfa and handsigns – a tool to developing a musical ear
- Composer of the Day
- Fun with listening – an introduction to classical music
- Learning to reading music through active music-making
- Yoga for junior musicians
And lots more!!
This year, our camps are being run by two of our long-term teachers, Martha O’ Brien and Heather Fogarty.
Martha O' Brien
Martha O' Brien is a Limerick-born mezzo-soprano studying under Sinead Campbell Wallace in the Conservatory of Music, DIT, where she has just received a First Class Honors BMus degree, specialising in Vocal Pedagogy. In Limerick, Martha studied under Maire Keary Scanlon. Locally, she had been a member of the County Limerick Youth Choir, Murroe Church Choir, Limerick Musical Society and CentreStage Youth Theatre for a number of years. Since her move to Dublin, she has been involved in productions with Lyric Opera and the Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society as well as being a member of the DIT Chamber Choir, Choral Society and Opera Ensemble throughout her studies in the Conservatory, most recently playing the role of Cherubino in DIT's production of Le nozze di Figaro. Martha has been a part of the RTE Chorus for a number of performances including Lord Of The Rings at the O2 Arena, Howard Shore in the National Concert Hall and the annual Carols at Christmas televised special. She has worked as a chorister in St. Audoen's Church. This year Martha was the winner of both the Showboat and Dermot Troy competitions in DIT as well as being highly commended in both the R&R and Mezzo Solo competitions in the Feis Ceoil. This coming year, Martha will be involved in Dublin Opera Studio's production of Suor Angelica playing the Mistress of Novices as well as Opera Theatre Company's national tour of Don Giovanni, the libretto of which has been written by Roddy Doyle. Martha has recently been announced as one of Boyne Music Festival's Young Artists of 2016. Martha is very much looking forward to working on Dublin School of Music's fantastic Summer Camp programme this year and in developing the programme for our inaugural children and adults choirs starting September 2016.
Mezzo-soprano Heather Fogarty began singing lessons at the age of 9 with Patricia Finnegan in the Laois School of Music. At the age of 14 she was awarded a music scholarship to the Schola Cantorum at St.Finian's College Mullingar where she continued her musical studies for five years. Heather has recently graduated with an honours degree in Vocal studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she studied under Mary Brennan and repetiteur Dearbhla Collins. In 2014 Heather was awarded the prestigious Julia Trench Bursary. Notable performances include the role of Pitti sing in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado with the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society in the NCH, the Owl in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with RIAM, the role of the 3rd soprano in Carassimi’s opera brief Jephte and the 3rd Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote both with the RIAM and lunchtime performance of Brahms Liebeslieder with Mezzo-Soprano Ann Murray in the NCH. More recent performances include the role of Mirinda in last years "L'Ormindo" production with RIAM, The Nursing sister in RIAM's production of Puccini's "Suor Angelica" at the Abbey Theatre and Chorus in NI Opera's most recent production of Turandot in Belfast's Opera house last October. Heather spent the summer of 2013 with the International Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Choir touring Germany under the direction of maestro Rolf Beck who is also the director of the newly established Chorakademie Lubeck. Heather was privileged to take part in the first ever project with Chorakademie Lubeck in December 2013 for a series of Christmas concerts around Germany.Heather was also invited to Brazil Sao Paolo last June with the academy to perform Carmina Burana.