Originally from Wyoming, in the United States, Ciara has been studying music and singing for over fifteen years. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance, and a K-12 Music Education Certification from the University of Iowa in 2015. Her student teaching experiences took place at Van Allen Elementary School, in North Liberty, Iowa, and at Ringwood Secondary College, in Melbourne, Australia. Ciara constructed and taught an Irish Studies summer course called “Erin go Bragh!” for the SEEK (Summer Education Experience for Kids) program through the Laramie County Community College, in Wyoming. This class was directed toward 7-12 year old children and included many different aspects that make up Irish culture; covering facts and information, and giving creative opportunity through craft activities, as well as performance in music, dance and theatre.
Ciara completed her Master’s of Arts in Ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick, graduating in January, 2016. Her thesis contemplated the resonance between the lullaby and lament styles and repertoire found in Ireland and the affect these genres cultivated within their recipients. Her current research at the Academy is a deeper extension of her Master’s thesis, in which she is exploring the functionality and significance if lullaby singing, and the evolution of these aspects of lullaby singing throughout history and into present day. Within the Academy, Ciara is one of the core members of the TradSong Research Cluster, which aims to be a space of academic and performative exploration in the realm of Irish Traditional Song. Ciara has had a passion for singing, learning and travel her entire life, and has experienced many wonderful solo and ensemble performance opportunities, thanks to her educational and personal experiences in Wyoming, Iowa, Australia, Ireland, and beyond.