Rory is a professional singer and music teacher currently employed as a Lay Vicar Choral in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and as a regular member of Chamber Choir Ireland. He has sung in choirs all his life, singing over the years with such Irish choral institutions such as the Irish Youth Choir, New Dublin Voices, the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin and the Choral Scholars of University College Dublin. More recently, he has been in demand as an ensemble singer, performing with several Irish ensembles including Resurgam Choir, Sestina Music and Tonnta Music.
As a soloist he studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Dr Veronica Dunne and Dr Imelda Drumm and was awarded the O’ Mara Cup and bursary at the 2021 Feis Ceoil. Oratorio performances include Mendelssohn’s ‘Die Erste Walpurgisnacht’ and ‘Christus’ with Dublin University Choral Society and Handel’s ‘Messiah’ with the Choir of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. In 2022 he will perform Bach’s B minor mass with the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the cantata ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’, BWV1 for the 2022 Limerick Early Music Festival.
In 2020 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music and has since become a qualified secondary teacher, teaching Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Music and leading choirs in several schools. During his studies, he developed his interest in vocal pedagogy and aural training – the building blocks of choir leading – and received immersive training in the ‘Kodály approach’ to these during his Erasmus studies at the Kodály Institute of Kecskemét, Hungary. He looks forward to bringing these skills to bear as a tutor with the Irish Youth Training Choir as they resume their residential courses in 2022.< PREVIOUS | NEXT >