Tutoring: Violin 1 & 2
Patricia studied with outstanding distinction at the London Guild Hall School of Music and Drama, and travelled widely to continue her studies in Israel, Canada, Russia and Italy. The winner of many prestigious national music awards, Patricia went on to perform a wide repertoire at premier venues both nationally and internationally. Patricia’s reputation as a top concert violinist, recitalist and chamber musician precedes her.
Tutoring Violin 2
Liam Monagher from Dundalk, Co Louth, began playing the violin at the age of six. He has studied with the renowned violinist Ms. Patricia Treacy and also with Mr. Michael d’ Arcy at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with numerous orchestra’s including the Orchestral Musicians of Northern Ireland, the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (NYOI), the NYOI Camerata and the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI). Throughout the years, he has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious music venue’s including Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York and Chicago Symphony Hal
Most notably, he was leader of the CBOI in performances at the World Expo Shanghai,
China, the Lincoln Centre, New York and the Royal Albert Hall, London. In recent times, Liam’s musical career has taken a diverse twist, seeing him record and perform with some of Ireland’s most outstanding musicians including Lisa Hannigan, Jim Corr, Miss Paula Flynn and Liam Reilly of Bagatelle.
Tutoring Violin 3
Róisín Ward Morrow from Dundalk, Co. Louth graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in both Irish traditional and classical violin in 2017. Róisín has performed in venues across the country such as Dublin Castle, Dublin City Hall, the National Concert Hall and Belfast’s Grand Opera House as well as on RTÉ Radio One shows Ceilí House and Arena and was a member of the CBOI from 2008 – 2017.
An award winning fiddle player, earlier this year Róisín toured across Northern Ireland and The Netherlands with The Call of the Celts. Having discovered a passion for teaching music, Róisín decided to specialise her degree in Pedagogy, ensuring her students receive the highest standard of instrumental tuition possible.
Aoife Dennedy is a professional cellist based in Dublin. She works as a freelance cellist across Ireland and has played with many artists including Michael Mublé, Josh Groban, Westlife, Alesha Dixon, Phil Coulter, Ham Sandwich and Nathan Carter to name a few. She also performs regularly at weddings, private events and corporate functions with her quartet “The Leinster String Quartet”.
A Keen orchestral musician, she has played with the NI Opera, RTE Concert Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and Symphonia Cymru. Aoife holds a BA in Music Performance from The Royal Irish Academy of Music and a Masters in Music Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music
Tutoring: Double Bass
Daniel Bodwell studied classical double bass at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and jazz double bass at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen. He is a founder member of the New York based Micah Gaugh Trio with Kevin Shea. He currently performs with Mary Coughlan, the Nigel Mooney Quartet, the Francesco Turrisi Trio, Julie Feeney, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, the Quiet Music Ensemble and the Crash Ensemble.
Tutoring: Flute & Oboe
Áine Balfe holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Trinity College Dublin and DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and also has an LTCL diploma in flute performance with distinction. In 2013 she completed a Masters in Music Performance at the DIT where she studied under Ciarán O’ Connell. During this time, she won the DIT Briscoe Cup, the Orchestral Excerpts Prize and performed Mozart’s Flute and Harp concerto with the TCD Orchestra. Áine has an avid interest in both performing and teaching music. In 2014 Áine was appointed to the position of Head of Music at the St. Patricks Cathedral Grammar School, Dublin 8 having previously taught at Wesley College since 2009.
Bernie Balfe is a clarinetist, saxophonist and vocalist with an eclectic musical experience ranging from Classical and Choral, to Jazz and Rock. As an educator with Music Generation Louth she works as an instrumental and musicianship instructor. Bernie holds a BMus Perf Hons degree from DIT and an MA in Music from DkIT.
Philip is currently a ‘district coordinator’ with the SELB. Philip is an exceptional music educator and teaches all Brass instruments preparing students for ‘Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’ examinations, ‘GSCE’ and ‘A-level’ practical examinations. Philip has conducted many ensembles and orchestras including the highly respected Belfast Brass. Philip is an outstanding solo and ensemble performer and has worked with most of the big Operatic Societies in Northern Ireland as well as the Ulster Orchestra.
Tutoring: Trombone, Tuba, Horn & Saxophone
Barry McBrien is an accomplished trombonist based in Dublin having played professionally for over twenty-five years. He works regularly with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and The Hot House Big Band. On the classical front he has worked with The RTE Concert Orchestra and The National Symphony Orchestra. He has preformed and/or recorded with Oasis, Van Morrison, Gene Pitney, Sinéad O’Connor, The Corrs, Jack L, Englebert Humperdinck, The Lighthouse Family, Mary Black and Slide Hampton.
He was also a member of The Late Late Show house band for two years.
Danny Roe is a highly accomplished and award winning percussionist.
Qualifications and awards include:
- Royal Irish Academy of Music Level (RIAM) – Level 8 Distinction with Scholarship
- RIAM – Level 10 Distinction with Scholarship
- UCD Entrance Scholar
- UCD Orchestral Scholar
- UCD Ad Astra Scholar (2 years)
- RIAM Senior Percussion Recital Competition – 1st
- RIAM Wind/Brass/Percussion Duets/Trios/Quartets – 1st
- Ard Scoil Ris Cadenza Competition – Senior winner
- Feis Ceol Composition Competition, Three Pieces for Children – 1st
Performance Highlights include:
- Solo performance for President Mary MacAleese at Aras an Uachtaran 2007
- Performance with ‘Drum and Drummer’ Percussion Duo for President Mary MacAleese at Aras an Uachtaran 2008
- Sarabande Project Musicians of the Future, National Concert Hall 2010
- Ad Astra Performance Scholars Recital, National Concert Hall 2012
- Solo Recitals National Concert Hall 2011 and 2012
Danny is a very experienced percussion teacher. Along with teaching individually, he teachers at Knocklyon School of Music, St. Ultans School, Cherry Orchard, and is a visiting tutor with St. Agnes Community Music Project in Crumlin.
Daniel Dunne is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and also holds a Masters in Music Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. In 2010, he was awarded the Brennan Prize for ‘most promising musician’ at the inaugural Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Future competition. Daniel has performed and recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Chatham Saxophone Quartet, a group responsible for promoting, commissioning and performing works by Irish composers culminating in the album release ‘New Irish Music’ in 2015. Daniel currently holds a teaching position in Belvedere College Dublin where he is the Musical Director of the schools Instrumental and Ensembles programme.