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!

Winding down for the year!

We have come to the end of the 2016/2017 academic year and we’re sure everyone will agree that we just don’t know where the time went! It was an extremely busy year and we are very proud of all that our students have achieved.

Congratulations to our new beginners, you have taken the first exciting step on your musical journey.

Well done to all students who sat exams, some of whom took up to three or four across the year! It is a brave thing to perform before an examiner and we hope you are pleased with your progress and results.

Farewell to our departing Leaving Cert students – may music continue to play a meaningful role in your lives wherever you head next.

Thank you to all our teachers for your guidance and encouragement towards your students throughout the year. The coming summer holidays are well deserved!

The academic year 2017/2018 will commence on Monday 4th September 2017. It is important to submit the relevant application forms (accessed at this link) as soon as possible in order to ensure a place on next year’s school list. Please contact stangelasacademyofmusic@gmail.com or 0504 20654 with any queries.

We wish everyone a very enjoyable summer break!

Achievements of pupils past and present

It is with great pleasure that we highlight the outstanding achievements of two students associated with St Angela’s Academy of Music. Firstly, we would like to congratulate Cliodhna Heenan, a 6th Year student at the Ursuline Secondary School, who was awarded two diplomas in violin with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in the past year. She received her Diploma in Violin Performance in June 2016 and her Diploma in Violin Teaching in December 2016. This is a phenomenal accomplishment for a student still in secondary school and we wish Cliodhna all the very best in her future musical endeavours.

Cliodhna Heenan with her Performance and Teaching Diplomas

Cliodhna Heenan with her Performance and Teaching Diplomas

Cliodhna’s older sister, Roisin Heenan, is a past pupil of St Angela’s and graduated from the Ursuline Secondary School in 2015. She is currently studying Business and Law in UCD but continues to embrace music both within and outside the university. Roisin recently participated in Féile Luimní over the weekend of 10-12th March and came away from the festival with wins as a senior soprano in three vocal competitions: classical, musical theatre and oratorio. On top of that, she was awarded the Bursary for Voice of the Féile, a very prestigious accolade.

Roisin Heenan, winner of 3 vocal competitions and Voice of the Féile at Féile Luimní 2017

Roisin Heenan, winner of 3 vocal competitions and Voice of the Féile at Féile Luimní 2017

Later in the month, on Wednesday 29th March, Roisin competed in Feis Ceoil and won the Bradbury Cup. Competitors in this category were required to perform two songs while playing their own piano accompaniment. Huge congratulations to Roisin on all her recent achievements – we are delighted to see an alumnus from St Angela’s doing so well!

Roisin Heenan, winner of the Bradbury Cup at Feis Ceoil 2017

Roisin Heenan, winner of the Bradbury Cup at Feis Ceoil 2017

Finally, just a quick note to say that the school will close tomorrow, Friday 7th April, for the Easter holidays and will reopen on Monday 24th April for the summer term. We remind all students to use their time wisely over the break – daily practice will be an important step in preparation for the post-Easter examination session. To quote Vladimir Horowitz, the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice!

Primary School & External Musical Evening 2017

Yesterday, Wednesday 29th March, was a special night in the school calendar as the Primary School & External Musical Evening took place in the Scoil Angela Primary School. Almost sixty students took part in this lovely evening of entertainment, ranging from those who only began learning last September to those who are climbing to the highest levels in their chosen instruments. There were a variety of performances on piano, harp, violin, cello, clarinet, trumpet, tin whistle and concertina. Massive congratulations to everyone who participated!

Primary School & External Musical Evening 2017 (1)

Primary School & External Musical Evening 2017 (2)

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017

The Secondary School Musical Evening took place last Tuesday 21st March in the gym hall of the Ursuline Secondary School. It was a fantastic night’s entertainment, with performances from the Intermediate Orchestra, Senior Orchestra, First Year Choir, Second Year Choir, Cecilian Choir, Chamber Choir, Intermediate Traditional Group, Senior Traditional Group, and numerous soloists on a wide range of instruments, including piano, harp, violin, cello, flute, oboe and voice.

This annual musical evening is an opportunity for the students to demonstrate how much they have achieved in the past school year, and their hard work was evident in the extremely high standard of performance last Tuesday night. An event like this cannot be successful without the support of the music teachers, in particular Mary-Rose McNally (who accompanied many of the soloists and conducted the orchestras), Joan Butler (who led all the choirs), and Kathleen Nesbitt (who played with the traditional groups). Sincere thanks also to the principal of the Ursuline, Mary Butler, who introduced each of the acts throughout the concert.

Huge congratulations to everyone involved!

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (1)

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (2)

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (3)

Secondary School Musical Evening 2017 (4)

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!

Associated Board theory examinations

Welcome back to all students and staff after the midterm break!

We are straight into the pre-Easter exam session, beginning with the Associated Board theory examinations this Wednesday 1st March. Our theory students, studying at various levels under Mr Paddy Butler, will sit these exams from 5pm to 8pm. Areas assessed will include rhythm, pitch, scale writing, comprehension and composition.

RIAM exams will take place throughout next week and LSMD exams will be at the end of this month. We wish the very best of luck to all our exam students.

Dates for the diary

With a busy calendar of events coming up, please take note of the following important dates:

Tuesday 21st March: Secondary School Musical Evening, taking place in the Ursuline Secondary School gym hall

Wednesday 29th March: Primary School Music Evening, taking place in the Scoil Angela Primary School hall

Week beginning Monday 6th March: Pre-Easter examinations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Friday 31st March: Pre-Easter examinations with the Leinster School of Music

Finally, St Angela’s closes today for the midterm break and will reopen on Monday 27th February. We hope the break will be both enjoyable and productive!

Welcome back to a new term

St Angela’s Academy of Music opens today after the Christmas break. We hope all students are rested and rejuvenated for an eventful term ahead.

From now until Easter, and further to the summer break, the school will be extremely busy – there will be pre-Easter and post-Easter exam sessions with the RIAM and LSMD, as well as examinations with the Associated Board and Comhaltas. Much-anticipated events in the school calendar will include the Secondary School Musical Evening and the Primary School & External Musical Evening. Many of our students will also participate in Junior and Leaving Cert practicals as part of their state exams.

There will be plenty happening so do check back in for further updates!

RIAM Gala Concert and End of Term

The Royal Irish Academy of Music held its annual Gala High Achievers Concert last Wednesday 7th December and we are delighted to say that the Ursuline Secondary School’s Chamber Choir was one of the performers on the day. In the academic year 2015-2016, over 40,000 musicians took part in the RIAM Local Centre examinations. 300 were deemed High Achievers and a selection of these performed in regional concerts around the 32 counties in October and November of this year. Only 10 were chosen to participate in last Wednesday’s Gala Concert at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, therefore it was a fantastic achievement on the part of the Chamber Choir to have been selected for performance. Very well done!

We would also like to say congratulations to all students involved in the recent music examinations here at St Angela’s in November. The standard was very high, with many distinctions, and we hope you were pleased with your results.

Finally, we extend warmest wishes to all students, parents and staff as we wind down for the Christmas break. The school will reopen on Monday 9th January 2017. We bid everyone a peaceful Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!