Bernie Sherlock

Bernie SherlockBernie Sherlock received her training in choral conducting during two years of study in Hungary with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár. She subsequently continued her studies with Gerhard Markson during his years as principal conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra before earning a Masters in Musicology and Performance (Conducting) from NUI Maynooth.

Bernie has extensive experience directing a wide range of choirs. She was for ten years the Choral Director at DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, during which time she led the DIT Chamber Choir to numerous first prizes at the Cork International Choral Festival and Feis Ceoil. Under Bernie’s direction the choir was the Conservatory’s first ensemble to record a CD when Carols for Christmas was released to great acclaim in December 2000. She also conducted the larger DIT Choral Society which performed much of the mainstream oratorio repertoire. In 2007, she was appointed Musical Director of the Culwick Choral Society in 2007, the oldest choir of its type in Ireland, with which she continues to explore the major repertoire for large choir.

Her choir New Dublin Voices has established itself as one of Ireland’s leading chamber choirs since its formation in 2005. Known for its television, radio and recording work, and for its innovative concert programming, NDV is also prominent on the international competition circuit with major prizes from competitions in France, Germany, Hungary, Finland and Italy, including the Grand Prix at the 2009 Budapest International Choir Competition where Bernie was also awarded the prize for best conductor. NDV was awarded 2nd prize in the 2010 Fleischmann International Competition at the Cork Choral Festival where Bernie also won the International Jury Award. NDV was the 2010 winner of the RTE lyric fm Choirs for Christmas Competition and a multiple prize-winner at the 2011 International Choir Contest of Flanders-Maasmechelen (Belgium).

Bernie is a Music Lecturer at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She also lectured for many years in the School of Music, Trinity College Dublin, where she was conductor of the Dublin University Choral Society from 1999-2008. Under her direction the choir released its first CD, a recording of Under No Circumstances by the late Brian Boydell. 

Bernie is in demand as an adjudicator and teacher of conducting and is Artistic Director of Educational Programmes for the AOIC including the annual Conducting Summer School.