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Summer Festival 2017

At DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama we are delighted to celebrate our Summer Festival, which brings together four different events supporting excellence in music performance education in Piano, Composition and Choral training. For all programmes/partnerships running in the 2017 Summer Festival, information on how to apply and tickets to attend, please see the details below. We look forward to welcoming you to our Rathmines campus this summer and wish all the incoming students a fantastic festival experience!

Dr. Orla McDonagh, Head, Conservatory of Music and Drama

The Progressive Piano Teacher: Summer Pedagogy @ DIT

June 28-30

DIT CONSERVATORY SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 This exciting three-day programme has been designed to bring piano teachers together in a stimulating, friendly environment to share knowledge and acquire new ideas. A series of interactive workshops and lectures given by DIT Conservatory piano teachers will provide relevant and topical discussion together with advice on how best to improve our teaching and help our students reach their full potential. In order to personalize the experience, a number of one-to-one consultations are available with members of the DIT piano faculty. This consultation will be tailored to the specific needs of the individual participant.


€250 – €50 deposit to be paid by 31st May

• Book your place online on

• Further information and application details available from or 01-4023595


For more information or to book a place see:

Download the Progressive Piano Teacher Brochure

Irish Composition Summer School 

July 4-14

This year’s Irish Composition Summer School will offer a range of lectures, presentations and demonstrations on all aspects of contemporary composition, focusing on contemporary writing for any combination of the available forces (trumpet, cello, percussion and piano), with optional electronics.

At the end of the course, the students’ works will be presented in workshop, rehearsed and digitally recorded by the performers in residence. Throughout the course, students will receive guidance from experienced course directors and nationally and internationally renowned composers. This year, the ICSS is delighted to welcome two Guest Directors, Simon Mawhinney and Ann Cleare, who will present seminars on their own work, as well as giving individual tutorials to all students.

Due to the short duration of the course students are expected to come with some sketches/ideas prepared.

Application deadline is Friday 9th June. For More information see or

Dublin International Piano Festival

22-30 July

Welcome to Dublin’s 5th International Piano Festival & Summer Academy! The leading programme of its kind in Ireland, DIPF attracts students and audiences from all over the world to Dublin for a nine-day festival full of lessons, masterclasses, and performances. From 22nd -30th July 2017, DIPF will bring concerts from top class international pianists to the National Concert Hall (NCH) and the Hugh Lane Gallery while hosting a full academy of international pianists taking part in public masterclasses and seminars. The programme offers an intensive educational experience for advanced piano students as well as an exciting concert series open to the public.

Every year highly regarded pianists with prestigious university positions and prizes in international competitions are invited to perform and teach in Dublin. It is a great pleasure to welcome to our 2017 festival Evelyne Brancart from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University - Bloomington, Dr. Gabriele Baldocci from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Dr. Orla McDonagh, Head of the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music & Drama, and Artistic Director Dr. Archie Chen; who will lead masterclasses and lessons with our Summer Academy students. In addition we are privileged to welcome to the concert hall virtuoso Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky Gold Medalist of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and renowned American pianist and pedagogue Frederic Chiu. With an amazing lineup of performers and teachers, there is something for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming students and audiences to Dublin to share all this great city has to offer!

For more information see:


Develop your skills and confidence in teaching singing to your pupils.

COURSE TUTOR: Mary Amond O’Brien, Artistic Director Aspiro (Carlow) Choral

Director RTE Cor na nOg, Community Singing Leader

Venue: The Music Room, St. Joseph’s SNS, Ballymun, Dublin 11.

Date: July 4th - 7th Time: 10.00 am - 2.30 pm

Fee: €50 (payable on booking to secure place)

D.E.S. approved

CONTACT: Maura Doyle at for further details.

For more information or to book a place see:

Download the Choir Flyer