Amy Ryan - Conductor
MA Dip. Kodály Intézet BMus DipABRSM
Amy studied at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary, earning a Master’s degree and Advanced Diploma (distinction) in Music Education and Choral Conducting respectively, studying under Peter Erdei and Dr. László Nemes with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland. During her time at the Institute, she worked as Teaching Assistant and was awarded the “red diploma” for academic excellence. She completed her undergraduate degree at the CIT Cork School of Music with first class honours. Amy has participated in numerous masterclasses both in Ireland and abroad, and recently served as a Conducting Fellow for the Yale School of Music Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Connecticut in 2017, with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland.
Amy lectures in Music at Trinity College, Dublin and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is in demand as a conductor, directing multi-award-winning chamber choir Cuore, Jubilate Choir, UCD Philharmonic Choir, and the Irish-language ladies’ choir Cór Duibhlinne. Amy previously worked as Assistant Director of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir, and with such groups as the Irish Youth Choir, the Irish Youth Chamber Choir, Lyric Opera Chorus and UCD Symphony Orchestra.
Recent performances include the Irish premiere of Carl Heinrich Graun’s Der Tod Jesu in March of 2018 as well as Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Richard Strauss’ Burleske for Piano and Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in April. In addition to her conducting work, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a cellist, flautist and choral singer and is currently Chairperson of the Kodály Society of Ireland.
Patricia O'Neill - Founder Director
Patricia is a business woman who has always loved singing and who has a particular love of choral music. She has been a member of several community choirs over the past decade where she brought her organizational skills to the choral world. She founded Cuore in May 2014 to cater for the amateur singer who wants to give more and to get more from their experience of choral singing. Patricia attends vocal training under the direction of Donna Gallagher and currently also sings with the RTE Philharmonic Choir.
"Cuore is a labour of love for me. We have been most fortunate in securing the hugely talented Amy Ryan as Conductor. Amy's abundance of talent and skill is obvious to all who have the pleasure of working with her, and the members of Cuore are certainly benefitting from what she brings to the choir. Together, we plan to do great things with Cuore."