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Dr. Orla Flanagan

Assistant Professor Part-Time (Music)
HOUSE 5, COLLEGE

Assistant Professor Part-Time (Electronic & Elect. Engineering)


  Choral Music   Music   Music Conducting   Musicology/Music Theory   New Music   Performing Arts   Vocal Music
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Assistant Secretary, Kodaly Society of Ireland 2008-2013
Kodaly Institute International Liaison officer 2008-
Reviewer, British Journal of Music Education 2015-
Member of advisory panel, Association of Irish Choirs and Contemporary Music Centre's anthology of Irish choral music, Choirland 2011-2012
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
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International Kodály Society 2000 present
Kodály Society of Ireland 2008 present
International Federation for Choral Music 2008 present
Society for Musicology in Ireland 2009 present
Orla Flanagan, 'To the Northeast', Dublin, Divine Arts Records, 2019, -, Notes: [A CD recording of the choral music of Irish composer John Buckley, performed by Mornington Singers, conducted by Orla Flanagan], Music Production, RELEASED  URL
Orla Flanagan, 'Under-Song', CD recording of choral music by Irish composers Mark Armstrong, Éna Brennan, Rhona Clarke, Frank Corcoran, Eoghan Desmond, Sean Doherty, Colin Mawby, Eoin Mulvany, Caitríona Ní Dhubhghaill and Charles Villiers Stanford; Mornington Singers, 2017, -, Music Production, RELEASED  URL
Orla Flanagan, 'Invited concert', Incontro Internazionale Polifonico , Fano, Italy, Incontro Internazionale Polifonico , 2017, -, Music Production, PERFORMED  URL
REA: Religion, Education and the Arts, 10, (2016), 1 - 107p, Róisín Blunnie and Orla Flanagan, [eds.], 2016, Journal, PUBLISHED  URL
  

Orla Flanagan, 'Libera Me', Concert performance of music by Pizzetti, Tavener, Howells and Parry, Trinity College Chapel, 2018, -, Music Production, PERFORMED
Orla Flanagan, 'Tenebrae', Concert performance of Lenten music by Victoria, Lotti, Mendelssohn, Lobo and Byrd, St Ann's Church, Dawson St, 2018, -, Music Production, PERFORMED
Orla Flanagan, 'Of Night and Light', Collaborative choral performance, Trinity College Chapel, 2018, -, Music Production, PERFORMED
Orla Flanagan, 'To the Northeast', A concert performance featuring the launch of new CD, Under-Song, and featuring the world premieres of two substantial new choral works: John Buckley's 'To the Northeast' and Ben Hanlon's 'World War Letters', and also including music by Irish composers Mark Armstrong, Ena Brennan, Rhona Clarke, Eoghan Desmond, Sean Doherty, Colin Mawby, Eoin Mulvany, Caitriona Ni Dhubhghaill and Charles Villiers Stanford; Mornington Singers, St Ann's Church, Dawson St, 2017, -, Music Production, PERFORMED
Orla Flanagan, 'Echoes of Eternity', Concert performance of Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir and Herbert Howells's Requiem, Trinity College Chapel, 2017, -, Music Production, PERFORMED
Orla Flanagan, 'Music for a While', Concert performance of music by Eriksson, Barber, Vaughan Williams, Kocsár, Rautavaara, David Lang and James MacMillan; Mornington Singers, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin, 2016, -, Music Production, PERFORMED
Orla Flanagan, 'One Equal Eternity', Concert performance of Pizzetti Requiem and music by Barber, Harris, Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn and Brahms; Mornington Singers, Adam & Eve's Church, Dublin 8, 2015, -, Music Production, PERFORMED
Orla Flanagan, 'Miserere', Concert performance of Lenten music including Allegri Miserere, Victoria Lamentations of Jeremiah and music by Lotti, Lobo and Lukaszewski; Mornington Singers, Adam & Eve's Church, Merchant's Quay, Dublin, 2015, -, Music Production, PERFORMED
Blunnie, R. and Flanagan, O., Responses to Irishness: Contemporary Choral Composers and Irish Musical Identity (Practice-based presentation), The Singing Network Symposium on Singing and Song, Memorial University, Newfoundland, October 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Orla Flanagan, 'Requiem Aeternam', Concert performance of Fauré Requiem and Howells Requiem; Mornington Singers, Adam & Eve's Church, Merchant's Quay, 2014, -, Music Production, PERFORMED

  

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Award Date
2nd Prize, Mixed Voice Category, Concorso Polifonico Guido d'Arezzo, Italy (as conductor of Mornington Singers) Aug 2017
3rd Prize, Secular Category, Concorso Polifonico Guido d'Arezzo, Italy (as conductor of Mornington Singers) Aug 2017
3rd Prize, Sacred Category, Concorso Polifonico Guido d'Arezzo, Italy (as conductor of Mornington Singers) Aug 2017
3rd Prize, City of Derry International Choral Festival (as conductor of Mornington Singers) Oct 2016
Contemporary Music Centre Prize, Derry International Choral Festival, for the performance of Rhona Clarke's 'Regina Caeli' Oct 2016
MacCurtain and McSwiney Award to a conductor for the performance of an artistic and imaginative programme, Cork International Choral Festival May 2014
Schuman/Europe Trophy for the performance of music by a living European composer, for the performance of John Buckley's 'Jabberwocky' May 2015
1st Prize and Victor Leeson Perpetual Trophy, Ireland's Choir of the Year, Cork International Choral Festival (as conductor of Mornington Singers) May 2014
3rd Prize, Fleischmann International Trophy Competition (as conductor of the Mornington Singers) May 2014
Perpetual Trophy for the Performance of Irish Contemporary Choral Music, Cork International Choral Festival (as conductor of the Mornington Singers) May 2014
MacCurtain and McSwiney Award to a conductor for the performance of an artistic and imaginative programme, Cork International Choral Festival May 2011
Special prize to a conductor at the Maribor International Choral Competition, Slovenia, for the interpretation of the compulsory choral work, 'Vem, da je zopet pomlad' by Lojze Lebic. 2009
International Jury Award, Cork International Choral Festival, for the performance of an artistic and imaginative programme 2006
3rd Prize, Fleischmann International Trophy Competition (as conductor of the Mornington Singers) 2008
1st Prize, International Grand Prix, Sligo International Choral Festival (as conductor of the Mornington Singers) 2009
My research is largely practice-led through choral conducting and vocal technique, interpretation of repertoire and historical style, and engagement with the creation of new works through commissioning and national and international performances of music by contemporary composers. As the conductor of one of Ireland's leading choral ensembles, Mornington Singers, I consistently engage with innovative artistic programming and interpretative experimentation based on historically informed performance styles, as well as evolving international trends. I am particularly committed to the performance of new music, with projects including Under-Song, a CD recording of unaccompanied choral music by Ireland's leading composers (2017, part-funded by Dublin City Council), and To the Northeast, a CD devoted to the choral works of Aosdána member John Buckley (forthcoming, 2018, part-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland). In 2014 the Mornington Singers held a composition competition which led to the emergence of more than thirty specially-composed pieces by Irish composers, a selection of which formed the basis of a public workshop on choral interpretation. The prizewinning pieces have since been premiered and recorded by the choir, and constitute valuable additions to the Irish choral repertoire. I have also performed, recorded and toured with professional vocal ensembles such as the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Milltown Chamber Choir and EnsemBéal, with creative outputs including a CD recording of Christmas music, multiple broadcasts on national radio and television, creative collaborations with leading poets and composers, and a performance for President Barack Obama at the White House in 2011. Much of my research in both practice-led and more traditional scholarship focuses on music and the expression and interpretation of sacred text. This has led to my studies in music, text, and context in the compositions of Felix Mendelssohn (the subject of my doctoral thesis, 2012) and more recently to a special issue of the peer-reviewed online journal, Religion, Education, and the Arts, entitled 'Sacred Music: Perspectives on Performance (2016, co-edited with Dr Róisín Blunnie, DCU), featuring articles and compositions by Irish and international scholars and performers. I have a particular interest in the principles of music learning espoused by the Hungarian composer and educator Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967). My teaching in areas such as aural training, keyboard skills and choral conducting is largely informed by my ongoing research in this area. My approaches to choral interpretation, rehearsal and performance are constantly informed by my ongoing research in historical and contemporary performance styles, and this has been recognised with special awards for conducting at Cork International Choral Festival (2006, 2011 and 2014) and at Maribor International Choral Competition (Slovenia, 2009), in addition to the Morningon Singers' performance awards, including 1st Prize and Ireland's Choir of the Year (Cork, 2014), 2nd Prize in the Mixed Choirs Category at the Concorso Polifonico Guido d'Arezzo (Italy, 2017) and 1st Prize in Lyric FM's Choirs for Christmas competition (2009). My research in historical performance practice relating to music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemporary eras has led to frequent invitations to give workshops and seminars on choral interpretation.