Originally from Coleraine, Tricia graduated from Stranmillis University College (1991) with a B.Ed (Hons) in primary education, specialising in music, studying under Dr Harry Grindle. During this time she completed a diploma in piano under his direction and became a member of his choir 'The Priory Singers'. In her student days she received vocal training at the City of Belfast School of Music and sang with the Belfast Chorale under the direction of Brian Agus.
YOUTH CHOIRS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
She taught in Strandtown Primary School, firstly in upper primary classes, then as a music specialist to all the classes. During this time she was responsible for the Junior choir and orchestra, working closely with the then Head of Music, Valerie Ireland, on all aspects of extra curricular music. The school choir won the first UTV school choir of the year competition (primary category).
Following a break to have her family Tricia returned to work giving aural training classes to exam pupils at Strandtown, whilst also working there as a supply teacher.
She has been Director of Music at All Saints' Church, University Street for over 20 years. Her current work is in Penrhyn, the preparatory department of Strathearn School, as a singing tutor, as well as helping with their school productions. In her free time she continues to sing with The Priory Singers. Last year she helped with musicianship classes at the Phil Kids, and underwent Kodaly training in Scotland for during the summer school run by NYCOS. Tricia is fully committed to the Kodaly principles upon which Phil Kids are based and is convinced that the training the children receive through these musicianship classes provides them with an amazing 'all round' musical experience.
Tricia says "I feel privileged and delighted to be given the honour of helping to direct the Phil Kids in this coming season. I have always been passionate about singing. It is my wish that for the children who have managed to secure a place in the Phil Kids, the excellent training they receive in their musicianship classes, combined with their weekly choir session will instill in them a life-long love of singing."