Category Archives: Tutor and Guest Lecturers Biographies

Sophia Bailey

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Sophia trained with Dorothy Stevens MBE in the UK and then at The Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne. It was there she got to work with choreographers such as Jonathan Taylor and Gideon Obarzanek. She toured regional Victoria with Vic Arts Dance Company, and performed with various projects and companies in Melbourne’s vibrant independent dance scene including George Fairfax Productions and Red Shift Dance. She did her teacher training at the prestigious Australian Ballet School. She taught ballet to gymnasts on the Elite Program of the Victorian Institute of Sport, several of whom went on to compete at Commonwealth and Olympic Games. She also ran her own school in Melbourne. She was a regular teacher at Shawbrook as well as at Shawbrook Summer School, and choreographed “The Red Shoes” for Shawbrook Youth Dance. She currently teaches at The Inchicore College of Further Education as well as her own ballet school in Killaloe. She is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Eileen O’Brien-Minogue

Eileen is the bearer of a musical dynasty which can be traced back through generations on both sides of her family, the legendary, O’Brien family from Newtown, Nenagh and her mother’s family, the Seerys from Dublin who were founder members of C.C.E. Eileen’s father, Paddy O’Brien established the B/C accordion-playing style in the 1950’s. His… Continue Reading

Margaret Hoban

Margaret Hoban is based in Naas, Co. Kildare. She has been playing piano since age 8 and completed a Music Performance and Teaching Diploma (ALCM) aged 18. In 2015, she completed a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance in the Irish World Academy with piano as her main instrument and modules in concertina and harp. … Continue Reading

David Szabó

David Szabó is a pianist, accompanist, piano teacher, from Budapest, Hungary. He graduated at the prestigious The Liszt Academy of Music in 2009, with distinction. He was invited to join the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick in 2011, as the first piano student of MA Classical String Performance.  He has… Continue Reading

Hannah Fahey

Hannah Fahey is an Irish vocalist, musician and educator. She sings regularly with vocal trio Sionna, which she founded in 2012. She also sings with Cantoral, an early music ensemble specializing in Western plainchant and early polyphony, and Terirem, an ensemble for Georgian orthodox/ folk song. She recently recorded ‘Let The Joyous Irish Sing Aloud!’ with Cantoral,… Continue Reading

Laura Murphy

On completion of a MA, Contemporary Dance Performance, University of Limerick (2003), Laura trained at Trinity Laban, London graduating in 2006. Subsequently, Laura established herself as a dance artist, performer, choreographer & teacher. As a professional dancer, Laura has worked with various independent choreographers and performed at leading events such as Biennale de Lyon. Laura’s… Continue Reading

Cliodhna Donnellan

Clare musician Cliodhna Donnellan grew up in Mountshannon in a house that appreciated traditional music, song and dance. Her late father Sean Donnellan was a noted traditional singer, in 2004 in tribute to him she produced an archival CD of his singing titled “Songs My Father Sang”. Cliodhna teaches fiddle in Mountshannon and is a… Continue Reading

Marie Walshe

Marie Walshe is a Mezzo Soprano and voice tutor from Limerick.  At age 15, Marie won RTE’s Voice of Promise competition which led to her first of three appearances on The Late Late Show. At 19, Marie performed on Good Morning America, in New York. Following her graduation from the  College of Music, Dublin, (DIT), where… Continue Reading

Kristyn Fontanella

Originally from Connecticut (USA), Kristyn Fontanella started training in dance from a young age with the Griffith Academy. She was highly successful in both national and international competitive Irish dance circuits. Being trained in an array of dance forms, Kristyn was influenced by many artists and continually pushed the boundaries within the strict format of… Continue Reading

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