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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.

Initiated 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 provided an opportunity to work alongside a professional composer, discussing and developing approaches to creative composition in the classroom.

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

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

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Previous composers in residence include:

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

Previous participating schools:


Mayfield Community School, Cork: Music Teacher: John Casey – Composer: Fergal O’Connor

Ursuline Secondary School, Blackrock, Cork: Music Teacher: Margaret Culinane – Composer: Irene Buckley

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co Cork: Music Teacher: Ronan Holohan – Composer: Paul Linehan

St Aloysius’ College, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork: Music Teacher: Lorena Gillard – Composer: Sam Barker


North Presentation Secondary School, Cork: Music Teacher: Fiona Moylan – Composer: Fergal O’Connor

St. Aloysius School, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork: Music Teacher: Aileen O’Callaghan – Composer: Paul Linehan

St. Mary’s High School, Midleton: Music Teacher: Caroline Morrison – Composer: Irene Buckley

Davis College, Mallow: Music Teacher: Muireann Hannon – Composer: Sam Barker


Mount Mercy College: Music Teacher: Mary O’Sullivan – Composer: Sam Barker

Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, An Mhainistir Thuaidh:  Music Teacher: Jack O Rourke – Composer: Irene Buckley

Bandon Grammar School:  Music Teacher: Niamh Callanan –  Composer: Fergal O’Connor

St. Mary’s High School, Midleton:  Music Teacher: Caroline Morrisson – Composer: Paul Linehan


St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow: Music Teacher: Maura McAuliffe, – Composer: Sam Barker

Glanmire Community College:  Music Teacher: Sharon Glancy – Composer: Irene Buckley

St. Vincent’s Secondary School, Cork:  Music Teacher: Áine Murphy –  Composer: Colm Fitzpatrick

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


Pobalscoil na Trionoide, Youghal, Music teacher: Anne Fitzgerald – Composer: Sam Barker

North Presentation Secondary School, Cork City, Music teacher: Fiona Moylan  – Composer: Paul Linehan

Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Music teacher: Catherine Frost – Composer: Irene Buckley

St. Aloysius School, Cork City, Music teacher: Frances O’Callaghan  – Composer: Emily Magner


Ashton Comprehensive School, Music teacher: Drew Ruttle – Composer: Emily Magner

Davis College, Mallow, Music teacher: Jamie Herlihy- Composer: Sam Barker

Gaelcholaiste Mhuire, An Mhainistir Thuaidh, Music Teacher: Jack O’Rourke – Composer: Paul Linehan

Colaiste Mhuire, Buttevant, Music Teacher: Monica Flynn – Composer: Louise McCarthy


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, St Patrick’s 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