Composers in the Classroom

The Composers in the Classroom (CIC) scheme is an initiative which brings professional composers and musicians, quite literally, into the classroom as part of a special curriculum devised for transition year music students and their teachers.

CIC4.jpgWEBInitiated in 1998 by Cork International Choral Festival and the Arts Officers of Cork City and Cork County Councils the scheme offers music students and their teachers the opportunity to work with professional composers throughout the school year.

The scheme has been highly successful in encouraging and assisting students, many with little or no musical training, in their musical creativity and experimentation. Students are required to listen to a wide range of music, analysing and discussing various elements. For the teacher, the residency provides an opportunity to work alongside a professional composer, discussing and developing approaches to creative composition in the classroom.

The residency culminates in a seminar held as part of the Cork International Choral Festival,where student get the chance to perform their compositions and listen to the composition of otherschools in the scheme.





Applications are already open for next year’s initiative, and you can download further information, and the application form here:





Cork International Choral Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of Cork City Council and Cork County Council for Composers in the Classroom.

Previous composers in residence include:

Sam Barker, Irene Buckley, Ann Cleare, John Gibson, Maria Judge, Ashley Keating, Paul Linehan, Louise McCarthy, Róisin McGrath, John O’Connor and John Spillane.

Previous participating schools:


Ursuline Secondary School, Blackrock, Music teacher: Annette O’Sullivan – Composer: Sam Barker

Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk, Music teacher: Mary Farrell – Composer: Paul Linehan

Midleton College, Midleton, Music teacher: Hannah Dennehy – Composer: Louise McCarthy

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Music teacher: Fiona O’Leary – Composer: Emily Magner


Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy, Music Teacher: Ernestine Healy – Composer: Sam Barker

Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, Cork, Music Teacher:Ciara Ní Mhaolagáin – Composer: Róisin McGrath

Regina Mundi College Cork, Music Teacher:Rosemary Beecher – Composer: Paul Linehan

St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill, Music Teacher:Pat Sheehan – Composer: Lousie McCarthy


Kinsale Community School, Music Teacher: Bríd Kearney – Composer: Irene Buckley

St Vincent’s Secondary School, St Mary’s Road, Cork, Music Teacher:·Danielle Buckley – Composer: Emily Magner

Pobailscoil na Trionóide, Youghal, Co Cork, Music Teacher:·Evelyn Gilbert – Composer: Ashley Keating

Coláiste Daibhéid, Sráid an tÁrdán Theas, Corcaigh, Music Teacher:·Assumpta Gaffney – Composer: Louise McCarthy


Mount Mercy College,·Model Farm Road,·Cork, Music Teacher: Ms Mary Mulcahy – Composer: Ashley Keating

St. Aloysius School,·Sharman Crawford Street,·Cork, Music Teacher: Frances O’Callaghan – Composer: Louise McCarthy

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney, Music Teacher: Maura Lucey – Composer: Maura Lucey

St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, Music Teacher: Maura McAuliffe – Composer: Irene Buckley


St Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill, Music Teacher: Pat Scheehan Corbett – Composer: Irene Buckley

Youghal Community School (colàiste na Trionòide), Music Teacher: Ann Fitzgerald – Composer: Irene Buckley

Mayfield Community School, Music Teacher: Siobhàn Carne – Composer: John Spillane

Colàiste an Spioraid Naomh, Bishoptown, Music Teacher: Fiona O’Leary – Composer: Ashley Keating


Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Music Teacher: Anne Dunphy – Composer: Ann·Cleare

Mount Mercy College, Model Farm Rd, Cork, Music Teacher: Mary Mulcahy – Composer: John Spillane

Coláiste An Chraoibhín, Fermoy, Music Teacher: Michelle Mulcahy – Composer: Louise McCarthy

Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Music Teacher: Pauline Cullinane – Composer: Irene Buckley


Bishopstown Community School, Bishopstown, Cork, Music Teacher:Noreen O’Sullivan – Composer:Irene Buckley

St. Aidan’s Community College, Dublin Hill, Cork, Muisc Teacher:Hilary Williamson – Composer:John Spillane

Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Music Teacher:Marjorie Moran – Composer:Louise McCarthy

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Music Teacher: Catherine Janeczek-Frost – Composer:Ann Cleare

Regina Mundi College, Music Teacher:Rosemary Beecher – Composer: Irene Buckley


Carrigaline Community School, Co Cork – Composer: John Spillane

Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork – Composer: Irene Buckley

St Aloysius School, St. Maries of the Isle, Cork – Composer: Louise McCarthy


Coláiste an Chraoibhín, Fermoy, Co Cork – Composer: John Spillane

Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co Cork – Composer: Irene Buckley

North Presentation Secondary School, Farranree, Cork – Composer: John Spillane

Ursuline Convent Secondary School, Blackrock, Cork – Composer: Irene Buckley


Mayfield Community School, Cork

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney, Co. Cork


Regina Mundi College, Douglas, Cork

Glanmire Community College, Co. Cork

Coláiste Cholim, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Bishopstown Community School, Cork


Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane

Carrigaline Community School, Cork

St. Angela’s College, Sion Hill

Coachford Community College, Macroom


Kinsale Community School, Co. Cork

Kinsale Community School, Co. Cork

Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork


St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill

St. Aloysius School, Cork

St. Marys Secondary School, Mallow, Co. Cork


Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk, Co. Cork

Loreto Convent, Youghal, Co. Cork

St. Vincents Secondary School, Cork


Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork

Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane