Category Archives: News

Christmas holidays and dates to note in January

As we wind down the term for the Christmas break, we are already thinking ahead to 2018! Please note that, due to scheduled in-service days, the Ursuline Secondary School will be closed on the first two Mondays back in January, Monday 8th January and Monday 15th January. However, St Angela’s Academy of Music will be open on both days for music lessons. So every student must confirm with their teacher that they will be in attendance or else make suitable alternative arrangements.

We wish all students, parents and staff a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

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Cecilian Choir to perform at National Famine Commemoration

This Saturday, 30th September, the 2017 National Famine Commemoration will be taking place at the Famine Warhouse 1848 in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary. The event will include a wreath-laying ceremony, an address by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and a variety of musical performances. The Ursuline Secondary School’s Cecilian Choir will be participating on the day and we congratulate them on this great honour.

More information about the event can be found in this article on the Tipperary Star website.

New Junior Choir at St Angela’s Academy

Arising from an interest in voice training from primary school parents, we are thrilled to announce that we are forming a Junior Choir at St Angela’s Academy of Music.  It is designed for young students (boys and girls) who are interested in singing and will be open to students from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class.

  • The Junior Choir will aim to encourage and develop young voices in a fun and enjoyable environment and will be a good preparation for individual voice training at secondary school level.
  • It will provide young singers with an opportunity to learn vocal technique, develop their ear and cultivate their sight-reading skills.
  • It will cover a wide variety of songs that are within a range suitable for young voices.
  • Students will do songs in unison and harmony.

Ms Marina Buckley, a teacher of voice and harp here at the Academy, will be responsible for this class. She has vast experience in vocal training and brings great enthusiasm to her classes.

For this venture to be viable a minimum of 20 students is required. The class will take place on a Monday evening from 3:30pm to 4:15pm and the fee for this class is €90 per annum. If you wish your child to take part, please complete the application form in the Enrolment section under the Tuition menu on this website. Forms should be handed into the music school office by September 1st in order to secure a place.

We are delighted to be able to offer this new class and expect it to be a popular choice for the coming 2017/2018 school year!

New percussion teacher at St Angela’s

St Angela’s Academy of Music would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest addition to our teaching staff. Mr Owen Sutton will be joining the music department this September 2017 to teach percussion.

Mr Sutton studied percussion at the Newpark School of Jazz, Dublin, and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at University College Cork. He has taught percussion for many years and also performs frequently around the country as a member of a 10-piece outfit, playing at weddings, corporate events and other functions.

Students who are interested in taking percussion lessons with Mr Sutton this coming academic year should contact the music school office before August 1st by phone (0504 20654) or via email (stangelasacademyofmusic@gmail.com).

We are delighted to be able to offer tuition in this vibrant area of musical education and look forward to a highly rhythmic 2017/2018!

Cecilian Choir wins at Limerick Choral Festival

We would like to extend our congratulations to the Ursuline Secondary School’s Cecilian Choir, who won in their category at the Limerick Choral Festival last Friday 3rd March.

The Cecilian Choir is run by Mary-Rose McNally and Joan Butler. It has ninety members, including students from 1st Year up to 6th Year, and they take part in the choir voluntarily after school.

Last Friday, they competed in the Equal Voices Post-Primary category in the Redemptorist Church in Limerick and came first in a field of extremely talented choirs. Congratulations to the students and teachers involved on their fantastic achievement!

Continuous strike action

With the ASTI dispute as yet unresolved and due to affect several upcoming school days, St Angela’s Academy would like to confirm that the music school will remain open for business as usual. We ask that students make every effort to be present for their lessons at their normally scheduled times but we understand that the strike action will cause difficulties for some and teachers will be as accommodating as possible in these circumstances. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to a swift resolution to the conflict.

Strike day and midterm

With the ASTI teachers’ strike set to go ahead this Thursday 27th October, St Angela’s Academy would like to make note that the music school is still open and that all scheduled lessons will run as normal. Do check back for further updates on the strike situation going forward into next month.

In addition to this, the school will be closed next week for midterm and will reopen on Monday 7th November. We advise all students, especially those sitting exams in the near future, to continue to practise over the midterm break!

Junior Choir: exciting new initiative at St Angela’s

Arising from an interest in voice training from primary school parents, it has been decided to start a Junior Choir at St Angela’s Academy of Music.  It is designed for young students (boys and girls) who are interested in singing and will be open to students from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Class.

  • The Junior Choir will aim to encourage and develop young voices in a fun and enjoyable environment and will be a good preparation for individual voice training at secondary school level.
  • It will provide young singers with an opportunity to learn vocal technique, develop their ear and cultivate their sight-reading skills.
  • It will cover a wide variety of songs that are within a range suitable for young voices.
  • Students will do songs in unison and harmony.

Ms Marina Buckley, a teacher of voice and harp here at the Academy, will be responsible for this class. She has vast experience in vocal training and brings great enthusiasm to her classes.

For this venture to be viable a minimum of 20 students is required. The class will take place on a Monday evening from 3:30pm to 4:15pm and the fee for this class is €90 per annum. If you wish your child to take part, please complete the application form in the Enrolment section under the Tuition menu on this website. Forms should be handed into the music school office by July 15th in order to secure a place.

We are delighted to be able to offer this new class and expect it to be a popular choice for the coming 2016/2017 school year!

Huge congratulations to Chamber Choir

St Angela’s Academy of Music would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Ursuline Secondary School’s Chamber Choir, who won the top prize in their competition at the Feis Ceoil Music Festival in Dublin on Tuesday 8th March.

The Chamber Choir competed for the Alice Oakley Quirk Cup which was open to post-primary mixed voice choirs under 19 years of age. Seven choirs participated in the category and performed in the RDS Concert Hall for adjudicator Catherine Ennis.

The Ursuline’s Chamber Choir chose to present a contrasting repertoire of Ave Maria (Joshua Himes) and Incantations (Michael McGlynn) and were awarded first place following their excellent performance. Many congratulations to the students and teachers involved for this outstanding success!

The Thurles Parish Exhibition was a great success

Thurles Parish’s exhibition of local clubs, societies and organisations took place successfully in the Premier Hall last Friday 5th February and Saturday 6th February.

There was a great atmosphere around the Hall and everyone who attended received a wealth of information about the wide range of groups active in the local area.

St Angela’s Academy of Music had a stand on both days and we were delighted to be involved in this community event.