YOUTH CHOIRS DIRECTOR
Following an undergraduate degree in music education (Trinity College, Dublin and DIT Conservatory of Music) and a masters degree in choral conducting (Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College, Dublin), Lynsey Callaghan is currently undertaking a PhD in musicology in Trinity College, Dublin. During her undergraduate degree, Lynsey studied at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Hungary. She has studied with Dr Doreen Rao in both Ireland and Chicago and holds Level 3 certification from the CME Institute.
In addition to her work with the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs, Lynsey conducts Voci Nuove, a Cork-based chamber choir. This year at the Cork International Choral Festival, Voci Nuove was awarded the Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy and named Ireland’s Choir of the Year 2015. The choir also won the Schütz Perpetual Trophy for the performance of a choral work by Heinrich Schütz in the National or International Competitions, The John Mannion Memorial Trophy for the performance of a work in the National Competitions by a chamber choir, and Trofaí Cuimhneacháin Philib Uí Laoghaire for the performance of a piece in Irish. At the 2015 Derry International Choral Festival, Voci Nuove were awarded 2nd prize in the international competition, and were the recipients of the inaugural Contemporary Music Centre special award for the performance of a contemporary Irish choral work. Voci Nuove are currently recording a CD of new Irish choral music.
Lynsey is currently the musical director of Tallaght Choral Society. An experienced orchestral player, she conducts Fingal Youth Orchestra. She works as a musicianship tutor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and has taught musicianship to Irish Youth Training Choir and Irish Youth Choir. This summer Lynsey was soprano tutor to Irish Youth Training Choir.
Lynsey was Conductor in Training 2012–14 for the RTÉ Performing Groups and the Association of Irish Choirs. In this position, she conducted Irish Youth Choir and Irish Youth Chamber Choir in various performances, Ulster Youth Choir, and was assistant conductor to the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. From 2013–15, Lynsey was the music assistant to RTÉ Cór na nÓg. She also conducted the chamber choir Bemused? in their winning performances at the 2013 National Choral Intervarsities and in the National Chamber Choir Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival 2013.
From 2013–15, Lynsey conducted Trinity Singers. Under her direction they were awarded Best National Mixed Voice Choir at the City of Derry International Choral Festival in 2013. Trinity Singers won the Seán MacManus Perpetual Memorial Trophy for 4-part choirs and were awarded Best Overall Choir of the Sligo International Choral Festival 2014. In 2012, Lynsey co-founded and co-directed Trinitones, Trinity College's first male a cappella group.
As a singer, Lynsey has performed with many choirs, including Irish Youth Choir, Irish Youth Chamber Choir, Trinity Singers, Bemused?, Ulster Youth Choir, and Laetare Vocal Ensemble.