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DIT Conservatory announces Summer Festival 2017

Posted: 20 June, 2017

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama are delighted to announce their first summer festival encompassing four different events, which support excellence in music performance education in piano, composition and choral training.

Conservatory - Piano Festival

The Progressive Piano Teacher: Summer Pedagogy @ DIT

June 28-30

This exciting three-day programme has been designed to bring piano teachers together in a stimulating, friendly environment to share knowledge and acquire new ideas. A series of interactive workshops and lectures given by DIT Conservatory piano teachers will provide relevant and topical discussion together with advice on how best to improve teaching methods and help students reach their full potential. In order to personalise the experience, a number of one-to-one consultations are available with members of the DIT piano faculty. This consultation will be tailored to the specific needs of the individual participant. Book a place or find out more here.

Irish Composition Summer School 

July 4-14

This year’s Irish Composition Summer School (ICSS) will offer a range of lectures, presentations and demonstrations on all aspects of contemporary composition, focusing on contemporary writing for any combination of the available forces (trumpet, cello, percussion and piano), with optional electronics. Students will need come with sketches or ideas prepared on which they will receive expert guidance from experienced course directors and nationally and internationally renowned composers. This year, the ICSS is delighted to welcome two Guest Directors, Simon Mawhinney and Ann Cleare, who will present seminars on their own work, as well as giving individual tutorials to all students. At the end of the course, the students’ works will be rehearsed and digitally recorded by the performers in residence. The application deadline is Friday 9th June and more information can be found on Facebook or on Imro’s website

Dublin International Piano Festival

July 22-30

The leading programme of its kind in Ireland, the Dublin International Piano Festival (DIPF) attracts students and audiences from all over the world to Dublin for a nine-day festival full of lessons, masterclasses, and performances. From 22nd -30th July 2017, DIPF will bring concerts from top class international pianists to the National Concert Hall and the Hugh Lane Gallery while hosting a full academy of international pianists taking part in public masterclasses and seminars. The programme offers an intensive educational experience for advanced piano students as well as an exciting concert series open to the public.

Every year highly regarded pianists with prestigious university positions and prizes in international competitions are invited to perform and teach in Dublin. The 2017 Festival features Evelyne Brancart from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University - Bloomington, Dr Gabriele Baldocci from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Dr Orla McDonagh, Head of the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music & Drama, and Artistic Director Dr Archie Chen. In addition, the National Concert Hall will play host to Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky Gold Medalist of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and renowned American pianist and pedagogue Frederic Chiu. With an amazing line-up of performers and teachers, there is something for everyone. Find out more on the DIPF website

DIT Ballymun Music Programme Summer Course‌

July 4-7

The final event in DIT’s first summer festival is a course designed to develop teachers’ skills and confidence in teaching singer to their pupils. The tutor is Mary Amond O’Brien, Artistic Director with Aspiro (Carlow) Choral and the course will take place at St. Joseph’s Senior National School in Ballymun. The course costs €50 and is D.E.S approved. Find out more here.