Seán Doherty

Friday 20th April, 4.15pm
Doolan Room (217), CIT Cork School of Music
Admission: Free of charge


Teachers and directors understand the transformations that young singers undergo and, accordingly, select choral repertoire that develops musicianship and vocal skills, without harming the students’ voices, either temporarily or permanently. Those who cannot find choral repertoire suitable for their particular group may choose to modify the voice parts of a published work, arrange an existing tune, or compose an original piece. This workshop explored the factors that should be considered before and during this process, including the tessitura, phrase length, dynamic range, choice of text, keyboard accompaniment, and the development of musicianship. These factors are equally important when considering repertoire for young voices. Seán demonstrated the principles of effective writing for young voices with examples drawn from his recent works: ‘All the Things Magicians Do’, commissioned by Belfast Philharmonic Kids Choirs, ‘The Promise’, commissioned by Bealtaine Festival, and ‘Port ná Glór na n-Éan’, commissioned by St Patrick’s Cathedral Grammar School, Dublin.

Seán is an assistant professor in music at Dublin City University. He is active as a choral singer, singing with the internationally acclaimed New Dublin Voices. He has an extensive and varied choral catalogue, which includes sacred and secular works for choirs of every ability. Seán’s choral works have garnered numerous awards: including Feis Ceoil choral composition award (2009, 2011, 2014, 2016), Choir and Organ Magazine composition competition (2012, 2014), St Giles’ Cathedral Edinburgh anthem composition competition, Fragments Choral Composition Award (in association with Historic Scotland), and ‘Prix pour une œuvre de création’ at international choral festival Florilège Vocal de Tours, France. His pieces have been performed by numerous choirs including Chicago a cappella, Scottish Vocal Ensemble, Kampin Laulu, Laetare Vocal Ensemble, Codetta, the Mornington Singers, and New Dublin Voices and many more.