New music programme launched by DIT's Conservatory of Music & Drama

06th October 2003

A new post-graduate programme in music performance was today launched by the Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The M Mus (Performance) is a one-year full-time programme aimed at classical instrumentalists and vocalists who wish to develop their performance skills for a career in the music profession.

According to Ann-Marie O'Sullivan, Conservatory of Music & Drama: ' The M Mus (Performance) will equip students with the range of skills necessary to meet the constantly changing and ever increasing demands made on the professional musician in the 21st Century. It will facilitate the creative, artistic and intellectual development of students, as well as extra-musical skills development in areas such as business, finance, communication, promotion and publicity.'

Performance is the core element in the programme and is taught over the first two semesters along with Academic and Supporting Professional Studies, while the third semester is dedicated to the completion of a research project.

As a celebration of the event, lecturers Mairead Hurley and Mary O'Sullivan and the Opera Ensemble Class from the Conservatory performed part of the spinning scene from Benjamin Britten's Opera "The Rape of Lucretia". The performers were Paula Greenwood as Lucretia; Niamh O'Hanlon as Bianca; Colette Boushell as Lucia; and Sarah Power playing the role of The Female Chorus - a role for a solo soprano who comments on the action as the scene unfolds. The Opera is set in Roman times with a Libretto by Ronald Duncan, after Andre Obey's play "le viol de Lucrece".

For further information on the Masters Programme in Music Performance, please contact Fiona Howard, Conservatory of Music and Drama on 01 402 3568.

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