Formed in 2014, Stillorgan Youth Choir is an award-winning choir that promotes the development of choral music alongside music education. Based in Stillorgan, SYC is for young singers aged eight to thirteen (3rd class to 6th class). Boys and girls learn musical literacy as well as important life skills.
We are committed to educating young singers in musicianship in tandem with developing a healthy approach to using the voice. Our aim is to enable these young singers to carry their new skills through life by being literate in reading music to a high standard. The music we sing is wide-ranging and varied, from folk to classical and popular music.
Joanne Harding is a graduate of music performance, specialising in voice from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and Trinity College, Dublin. She teaches voice locally in Stillorgan. You can read more about Joanne here.
Thomas Kehoe is a full-time musician working in Dublin and Kilkenny. He is organist and choir director at St. Laurence O’Toole Church, Kilmacud and works with a number of choirs around Dublin. Having studied music in UCD, DIT College of Music, Royal Irish Academy of Music and University of Cambridge, Thomas is a passionate advocate of music education with a particular emphasis on choral music. A more detailed biography can be found here.
Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards
We have devised three levels that singers progress through in SYC so that their development can be measured. These are junior, chorister, and senior chorister. Each singer that completes their level receives a bronze, silver or gold pin and a certificate at our prize-giving ceremony at the end of the academic year. The gradation of these awards mirror those found in conservatories and examination boards in UK and Ireland.