Podcast Episode 11 - Kodály in Ireland

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The Irish Institute of Music & Song (IIMS) podcast hosts conversations with performers, academics and educators from all over the world. The podcast is curated by Dónal Kearney in Dublin, Ireland.

To be a professional musician in Ireland takes a lot of hard work. It certainly takes 10,000 hours (at least!) to build the requisite proficiency to make a decent living. Not only that - you have to really love what you're doing. Otherwise, it would be very difficult to sustain.

Being a musician combines so many skill sets and our guest on this week's podcast is living proof. Not only is she a passionate educator and an excellent communicator of musical ideas, but she is also an ambitious and precise conductor with a busy portfolio.

Amy Ryan is an award-winning conductor, educator and performer based in Dublin, Ireland. Amy lectures in Music at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where her area of special interest is aural training at tertiary level.

Amy completed her Bachelor of Music at CIT Cork School of Music with first-class honours. She completed her studies at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary, earning both a Master’s degree in Kodály Music Pedagogy (distinction) and Advanced Diploma in Choral Conducting (distinction), studying under Peter Erdei and Dr László Nemes. During her studies in Hungary, she worked as Teaching Assistant at the Kodály Institute, and was awarded the “red diploma” for academic excellence. She is Chair of the Kodály Society of Ireland since 2018.

As a conductor, she founded Cuore Chamber Choir in 2014 and led them to first prizes at all the major choral competitions in Ireland. Cuore’s recent repertoire includes Tallis’ and Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah and Tallis’ Spem in Alium.

With Jubilate Choir, her recent performances include the requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé and the Irish premiere of Graun’s Der Tod Jesu. Amy is also Artistic Director of the University College Dublin (UCD) Philharmonic Choir, and has appeared as a guest conductor with the UCD Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she is conductor of Irish-language ladies’ choir, Cór Duibhlinne.

Amy has also worked with St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir, Lyric Opera chorus, North Dublin Opera, regularly sings with the choir of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a cellist, flautist and choral singer.

In this episode, Amy speaks about the benefits of studying the Kodály approach to music-making, the challenges of choral rehearsals during a global pandemic, and some of the gaps left by the Leaving Certificate.

We are delighted to welcome new listeners to the podcast this week from twenty-three different countries, including Finland, the USA, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland.

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