Shane Barriscale is a Dublin-based tenor specialising in choral and ensemble singing. He graduated with honours from a Masters in Music Performance (Voice) through DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and is currently working full-time in both vocal performance and music education. Since 2015, Shane has held the position of Assistant Director and Education Officer with The Palestrina Choir, alongside the choir’s Musical Director Blanaid Murphy, as well as performing with the tenor section of the choir since 2013. He also works closely with St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls Choir as a vocal coach. In 2017, Shane became the Musical Director of the Rosemount Singers, based in Julianstown Co. Meath.
Originally from Limerick, Shane began his musical training at the Limerick School of Music, studying Piano, Violin and Voice. From an early age, choral music has played a prominent role in his life. This was encouraged and developed by teacher and conductor Maire Keary-Scanlon, who directed Shane in three choirs between 1997 and 2012 (Cantette Children’s Choir, County Limerick Youth Choir and the Irish Chamber Orchestra Chorus), cultivating a love of vocal harmony which continues to this day. From 2006 to 2013, Shane performed with the Bunratty Castle Singers, a medieval themed vocal ensemble based in Bunratty, Co. Clare. In 2012, Shane was selected to
take part in a Choral Mentorship Scheme with Chamber Choir Ireland via a collaboration with the Irish Youth Chamber Choir, which inspired a decision to move to Dublin to pursue music full-time.
Since then, Shane has gone on to establish himself as a prominent feature on the choral music scene in Ireland. He has performed, toured and recorded with many Irish groups including The Palestrina Choir, Irish Youth Chamber Choir, New Dublin Voices, Sestina Early Music Ensemble, Tonnta Vocal Ensemble, Charles Wood Singers, Celtic Woman, Northern Ireland Opera, Wide Open Opera, Opera Theatre Company, RTÉ Concert Orchestra Chorus, Crux Vocal Ensemble, ‘Lassus’ Chamber Choir and Chamber Choir Ireland. Since 2013, Shane has also been performing with Ireland’s leading Vocal Harmony quartet 4 in a Bar, winners of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singer’s National Male Voice Quartet category in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and International Male Voice Quartet category in 2016. As both a performer and an educator, inspiring a love of choral singing in people of all ages has become a great ambition of Shane’s, something which he hopes to continue doing well into the future.