Kathleen Turner is a singer, songwriter and community musician. She holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Limerick, MA Community Music and MA Ritual Chant and Song, and a BA (Hons) in English and Politics from the University of Stirling. Kathleen is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, exploring the role of community music in the process of social regeneration.
From 2008 – 2014, Kathleen was Community Engagement Manager for the Irish Chamber Orchestra, designing and implementing a number of projects that bring live music into the classroom and community. This included ‘Sing Out with Strings,’ a community music programme for 4 -12 year olds living in areas of urban regeneration in Limerick City, Ireland. Sing Out now provides 300 children annually with free access to singing, songwriting and instrumental tuition. She continues to work with the programme as a singing and song writing tutor.
Kathleen is the Course Director of MA Community Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, where she also teaches Gospel and related repertoire and songwriting.