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New Recruits for Little People Big Voices & Encore Teams!

MG Carlow new recuits
Music Generation Carlow is proud to annouce three new musicians have joined their team.

Music Generation Carlow is excited to welcome Imelda Andres on board the Little People Big Voices and Encore teams!

From the age of 9yrs Imelda studied piano and after completing grade 8 she prepared children for the Royal Irish Academy of Music up to grade 6. Since September 2010, Imelda is the Choral Director of Aspiro’s Junior Choir. Aspiro Junior Choir gets plenty of opportunities to perform as part of Aspiro’s major public performances as well as in house performances directed by Imelda. As part of her professional development Imelda works alongside Mary Amond O’Brien on a weekly basis with Aspiro girls and also Aspiro’s primary school outreach programme. She has developed fundamental skills necessary to providing children with a solid foundation to sing well. Imelda has developed skills in ear training, rhythm, sight reading and vocal pedagogy. Imelda also directs the children’s choir in Graiguecullen Parish, approx. 35 members ranging from 5 – 12yrs, accompanied by young musicians.

MGC is delighted to welcome Orla Colleton on board our Encore team!

Orla Colleton began her musical studies at DKIT, Trinity College and DIT respectively and received honors in her BA in Applied Music (Performance), PGDip Music Education, Mmus (Performance) and has recently completed the Diploma in Community Music and Group Teaching in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is a well established performer on the classical stage and concert platforms. Having recently returned from London, having studied Advanced Opera Studies at Associated Studios, she has achieved great success performing across the country and has recently been accepted into Scottish Opera’s freelance chorus. A classically trained lyric coloratura soprano, Orla’s first love is opera but she also enjoys performing light opera, musical theatre and sacred music. She has taken leading roles in full scale productions and opera scenes including: Ellen (Peter Grimes – APS, UK), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte – APS, UK), Noemie (Cendeillon – DIT), Laura Nolan (Shelter Me From The Rain – World Premier, Aired on Lyric FM Radio), Maritana (Wallace, Balfe & Mr. Bunn – World Premier, Theatre Royal), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance – NMS), Mother (Madama Butterfly – Lyric Opera Productions, NCH), Vittoria (The Gondoliers – Festival Productions, NCH & Buxton Opera House, UK), Adina (cover, L’Elisir d’Amore – DIT), Suzanna (cover, Le Nozze di Figaro – DIT). Concert engagements have included: Soprano Soloist (Masterpieces of World Opera and Ballet – NCH; where she also held the title ‘Artistic Director of Opera’), Soprano Soloist (A Little Light Music – ESB MADSOC, Helix), Solo soprano in (Temptations – Lyric Opera Productions, NCH) and soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (Kilkenny Arts Festival). Orla is an experienced teacher of voice and piano in various music schools throughout Dublin, Kildare and Carlow and directs a number of youth choirs throughout the county. She teaches to all levels and abilities and has a wide range of teaching experience, not only in preparing students for classical grade examinations, but also with many other genres and interests, to foster lifelong enjoyment and participation in music.

MGC is delighted to welcome its’ newest musician to the Encore choral and recorder teams!

Lauraine Mc Dermott is a native of Roscommon and holds a BMus (Pedagogy) degree from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She is a traditional Irish singer and trad piano player/ accompanist. She began learning the whistle aged five years, followed by recorder and received lesson in The Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre Sligo. At the young age of 13 years Lauraine took on the role as parish organist and in later year’s choir director in her local church.

In 2009 Lauraine began her third level studies in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she pursued joint performance study in Traditional song and piano. She received individual tuition in traditional Irish song from Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich and in piano from Mary Corcoran, Ciaran Coughlan and Ryan Molloy. Lauraine also studied traditional music ensemble performance, developing her performance skills as a singer, pianist and arranger with Odhrán O Casaide, Kieran Hanrahan and Tom Doorley. She has performed in venues such as The National Concert Hall, The o2 Arena, Vicar Street, Temple Bar Trad Festival and appeared on RTE Radio and Radio na Gaeltachta. In year three and four of her degree, Lauraine specialised in Music Pedagogy (Vocal and Instrumental Education). She received supervised teaching practise in both classroom and one-to-one settings from primary school classes to individual leaving certificate performance. Lauraine was awarded the Nuala Levins Pedagogy Graduate Award for the highest mark in the Pedagogy Strand.

Lauraine has been working as a private music teacher in both Dublin and Roscomon for the past few years teaching piano, voice and pre-instrumental classes to children. Lauraine was chosen recently as a Music Practitioner with Offaly/ Westmeath Music Generation, undergoing Kodály training from Dr Lorraine O’Connell and Lucinda Geoghegan. She is also works with special needs adults and children and conducts a weekly Music Morning in Cheeverstown House, Dublin. Lauraine also works alongside Dr Lorraine O’Connell as choir assistant with DIT Junior Choir.